cepezed designs the master plan and a new laboratory building for the DSM premises in Delft. Among other things, the master plan comprehends a reordering of functions and a rearrangement of the traffic routes. It is mainly directed towards the creation of expansion possibilities for the future as well as an optimally efficient use of the zone for which permission for activities in a higher environmental category has been granted.
The new lab building replaces the existing Beijerinck laboratory dating from 1984, which by now is too small, out of date, and doesn’t meet contemporary needs and demands any longer. The new construction accomodates laboratories in the category ML1 or higher as well as offices and meeting rooms. It is projected in line with the Food Innovation Centre and Wetering office building on the site, with which the lab has strong functional relations and will be physically connected as well. To stimulate synergy and the joining of forces, a part of the offices and meeting rooms in the new building will also be used by external parties with a related work field. The laboratory building is austere and compact on the outside, while inside it is open, transparent and has a high degree of spatial variety with elements such as atria, double heights, diagonals and an auditorium. Completion of the building is planned for the end of 2014.
The rearrangement and new construction are part of the approximately one hundred million euros that the international player in the fields of Life Sciences and Material Sciences invests in new R&D facilities on its Delft and Sittard-Geleen locations over the coming years. In the near future, these will accommodate over 700 people working on innovative solutions in the areas of energy & climate and nutrition & health. The investment not only underlines DSM’s connection with its homeland The Netherlands; because of the cooperation with knowledge institutions, authorities and other companies, it also has an important impact on the enhancement of the Dutch knowledge economy.