The terminal will be a regional public transport hub with a train and bus station, housing, offices and shops all under one roof. It will include some 150 apartments, 20,000m² of office space, 9,000m² of shops and cafes. The new terminal was designed by the architectural firm Koen van Velsen.
The Ballast Nedam/Hurks combination entered the most competitive bid in Prorail's European call for tenders. The building permit applications are currently being processed; preparatory work will start as soon as possible.
The new terminal will be built on the site of the present train station and will link the city centre to the Belcrum district. Old residential areas, factory complexes and abandoned yards currently border the railway.
Theo Bruijninckx, chairman of the board of directors of Ballast Nedam said: "The terminal is a complex, integrated project within the dynamic urban landscape. The project also fits perfectly in Ballast Nedam's strategy, whereby we focus on integrated projects and niche markets in industrial construction, hospitals, offshore windmills, secondary raw materials and alternative fuels."
Geert Hurks, chairman of the Hurks board of directors said: "A key focus point in the Hurks strategy is to be a solid market partner in the realisation of important and complex urban area development projects in the Netherlands. All Hurks staff are proud that our organisation will be involved in one of the country's greatest construction challenges during the next few years."