J.P. Van Eesteren: Openness and transparency as a basis Voortman Steel Construction is working on the construction of the new building for the European Patent Office (EPO) contracted by New Main B.V. – a consortium of TB companies consisting of J.P. van Eesteren and Croonwolter & Dros. With 85,000 m2 of new build, of a 27-storey building and one with four storeys, this is the largest non-residential project that the TBI Group has currently in progress.
The partnership came into being in an unusual way. New Main was tearing its hair out because the original steel construction company was unable to complete the new build within the stipulated timeframe. A second steel construction company needed to be involved in order to safeguard the project deadlines. Michel Hoogendoorn, Director of Integrated Projects at J.P. van Eesteren: “The partnership proceeded openly and transparently from the start, partly due to the unusual course of events. We had reached agreement within a short period of time.” Jelle Brantsma (Director of Sales & Projects) adds: “Although we were relatively unknown to each other, a basis of trust was soon established, even where costs and project-sensitive information were concerned.”
Assembly of The Hinge building started six weeks after the order. This links the existing building to the new office building. Michel: “From the start there was constructive collaborative thinking about the project implementation. What I find impressive about the Voortman working method is that during discussions, not only was the necessary information asked for, but also the whys and wherefores. Voortman has really helped us.” The next project on which the two parties will be collaborating is the Koningin Julianaplein in The Hague. Voortman has been involved in it from the PD (preliminary design) phase. “Based on positive experience, we are now more likely to consider Voortman for new projects and are sure to try and form a construction team” according to Michel. Construction was due to start in the first quarter of 2018.
The J.P. van Eesteren construction company, based in Gouda, is a stand-alone company which is part TBI (Techniek, Bouw en Infra), one of the leading property, construction and engineering holding conglomerates in the Netherlands. The company, that sets great store by integrated collaboration, built the Rotterdam Market Hall, among other projects.