For the purpose of renovation, Lek-Sloopwerken (Woerden) started the partial dismantling of the town hall Woerden and the associated regional history centre. Progress is according to plan and the works will be ready in early June, when only the concrete structural frame will remain. Lek-Sloopwerken is busy clearing out all floors and removing the characteristic concrete and blue façade panels. During demolition, the waste materials are mostly collected separately for sustainable reuse. According to the municipality and Lek-Sloopwerken, 98 percent of what is removed can be re-used in a controlled manner. 'Exceptions are asbestos and hazardous substances such as refrigerant from air conditioning installations', says Dirk Boonstra of Lek-Sloopwerken.
The renovation of the city hall ensures the building will fully comply with modern regulations. A reduction of floor space is obtained by removal of the once added hall and a lowering of the high-rise section. Employees will return to an office environment based on the latest insights of ‘Het Nieuwe Werken’, with a flexible layout and an abundance of workplace typologies. The interior design by cepezedinterior is based on a zoning of spaces with a gradient from concentration to more fluid dynamics and interaction. The more quite work places will be located along the De Blekerijlaan, while the areas for meeting and cooperation will be positioned along a void on the west side of the building.
During the dismantling works, the selection process for the contractor also takes place. The definitive selection is planned for mid April.