Tendering for the project began in 2012 and the final award is scheduled for 14 July.
The project will provide new accommodation for the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB). Both institutes are part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport. Construction of the building will begin in 2015 for completion in 2018. The new building will be erected on the site of the current Wentgebouw in the Utrecht Science Park in the Uithof district in Utrecht.
Construction will be carried out in the form of a public-private partnership (PPP) with a design, building, financing, maintenance and operate contract. The contract will run for 25 years after the building comes into use and has a net present value of almost €267m. This is the first PPP project in the Netherlands for a government building that also includes laboratories.
The StruktonHurks consortium is a collaborative venture involving Strukton, Hurks and Heijmans. The organisations involved in the building design include Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen Architects, H+N+S Landscape Architects, Deerns and YASK.