New building De Basis officially opened by Princess Beatrix

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On 5 November, Princess Beatrix officially opened the new training and aftercare centre of De Basis Foundation in Doorn. Royal HaskoningDHV has been closely involved in the modernisation of the premises and buildings since 2007. Both the premises and the various buildings have been developed in cohesion in the course of the years. Programmes of Requirements, the design and technical specifications were prepared by a team of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, constructional engineers and consultants for systems, infrastructure, environmental aspects and permits.

De Basis Foundation helps employees of ambulance services, the fire department, defence, public transport and police to cope with traumatic experiences. As some of the buildings of De Basis were built in the 1950s and the entire complex was impractical and expensive to maintain, the choice was to construct new buildings. The Royal HaskoningDHV team was responsible for a master plan and a structural design for the entire premises, the design of 18 residential care homes in the forest, the design of the new training and aftercare centre (training, congress, lodging and office facilities), soil remediation and the required permit procedures.

Jan Koelink, architect at Royal HaskoningDHV: “The unusual target group, De Basis’ changing organisation and the wonderful location were the main sources of inspiration to me. When De Basis was working on its new strategy, we prepared a landscaping analysis and a landscaping design for the grounds at Woestduinlaan. The company strategy, healthcare vision and property strategy were developed simultaneously. I was involved in the design process at a very early stage, so I was able to get to know De Basis intimately. This enabled me to prepare a master plan and design a building that is aligned to De Basis’ new future vision.”

Photo courtesy of Stichting De Basis (5 november 2013)

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Jan Koelink MSc, BNA

Senior Architect

T +31 20 569 77 46 | M +31 6 55 76 01 94 | E jan.koelink@rhdhv.com