The renovation of buildings across a water company’s production sites not only secured the long-term future of the buildings but improved technical features, safety and security.

Waternet is a water company in the Netherlands supplying tap water to Amsterdam and the surrounding area. The need to upgrade and renovate its buildings provided an opportunity to ensure their appearance reflected the excellence and quality of the production processes within.

Royal HaskoningDHV Building Technology team was contracted to create a masterplan for works at each site and was responsible for architecture, project management, building costs, building physics, landscape architecture, asset management and construction. An upgrade to safety and security at the sites as well as sustainability and futureproofing were integrated within the solution.

Technical solution integrates aesthetics, security and safety

“The challenge was to identify an approach that would work across all the sites to create a sense of uniformity and style. Our solution uses sustainable materials, respects the architecture of individual buildings and extends their lifespan,” said Jurgen Boonstra, Architect at Royal HaskoningDHV. “From a technical perspective, the presence of water in the buildings creates issues which were addressed through building physics. We improved ventilation and security and ensured the water production process continued throughout implementation.”

Structured approach improves safety and security

Our Building Technology team drew on wide-ranging expertise as well as deep knowledge of the water industry. This resulted into an integrated solution that addressed technical issues while meeting the aesthetic challenge. Sustainable materials chosen for facades created a uniform appearance across the sites. At the same time, a flexible approach which respected important post-war and postmodern buildings ensured renovations respected the original architectural styles. Colours differentiated production zones and the buildings were named to enable quick identification of safety and security requirements within specific buildings.

“What was technically special was the fine detail and the range of issues addressed alongside the aesthetic solution,” explained Jurgen. “Our considerable knowledge and experience in projects for the water industry means we speak our client’s language and understand their issues and priorities.”