07 March 2024

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The Grand Opening of Central Park in Utrecht, one of the most sustainable multi-tenant office buildings in the Netherlands, took place on 7 March, with Bouwinvest hosting the event. The building meets the most stringent sustainability and environmental requirements and is even Paris Proof. What makes the building even more unique is the indoor park at a height of 45 metres. With this high rise, Utrecht not only gains a real eye-catcher of a building, but also 28,000 m2 of office space, filled with a wonderful mix of tenants that provide hundreds jobs in Utrecht, and all in a top location.

Foto: Gerrit Vermeulen

Central Park is located in the new Central Business District, right in the heart of Utrecht. And the accessibility of this exceptionally sustainable multi-tenant building goes beyond ideal. Not only is the building located right next to Utrecht Central Station, it also has 366 parking spaces, 50 of which are smart electric, plus there is a bicycle garage with 800 spaces, 80 of which are for electric bikes. Central Park was designed by architect Adam Visser of GroupA, developed by Angelo Gordon and APF International, and purchased by the Bouwinvest Office Fund. Construction work on Central Park started on 4 April 2019. The building has since been leased to a total of 15 tenants, including McDonald's, Grant Thornton, ABN Amro, Primevest and Colliers. Now that all the tenants had moved in, Carla Mesman of Utrecht City Council and Bas Jochims, Fund manager Dutch Office & Hotel Investments at Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors, marked the festive opening on 7 March 2024.

Every convenience

Central Park is equipped with everything that makes an office location top of the bill: CO2 monitoring, an Internet of Things backbone that makes operational management easier, along with a raised computer floor that makes the lay-out of the work floor remarkably flexible. On top of this, the building is 5G ready and lit using motion sensors. On the ground floor, you will find Club Nomad, a restaurant that offers a healthy range of food every day for lunch and other meals, but which can also be hired for banqueting, dinners and events.

Unique indoor park at high altitude

The real eye-catcher is the glass-enclosed indoor park, designed by MOSS architects in collaboration with GroupA. Located on the 11th and 12th floors at a height of 45 metres, the park forms a real break in the structure of the building. The park is easy to see from the outside, while inside it feels like a real park, including a different climate and humidity level. The park has been planted with 50 trees and shrubs and 1,500 plants, landscaped and maintained by Royal van Ginkel Group. The park is a perfect place for all the building’s tenants to meet, recharge their batteries, grab some treats from the coffee bar, all while enjoying a fantastic view of the city. The park is a perfect fit with the theme of health and well-being, something Bouwinvest devotes a lot of attention to in its assets.

Optimum sustainability

Central Park has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent certificate, a guarantee that the building meets all sustainability requirements. Central Park received a positive rating in all nine categories, including energy, transport, water, materials and health. The building has an A++++ energy label and is equipped with a variety of energy-saving installations, along with 226 solar panels. It has a smart lighting system that adjusts to the amount of sunshine, as well as a smart facade. This smart façade means that, based on a sun load analysis, the architects opted for smaller windows in areas with a high sun load and larger windows in areas with a lower load. This ensures a more pleasant indoor climate.