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BESIX to build DPG Media’s new hybrid-timber building

DPG Media, together with developer Being, has signed a contract with BESIX for the construction of Mediavaert, the media company’s new hybrid-timber office building on the Van der Madeweg in Amsterdam-Duivendrecht.

At more than 44,000 sqm, the building will be one of the largest hybrid-timber office buildings in the world.

Flexibility, healthy working conditions, innovation and creativity are Mediavaert’s key priorities. The innovative timber construction and the sustainable aspects of the building are the main features of the design, which was carried out by Team V Architectuur in collaboration with Arup, DGMR and DELVA Landscape Architecture & Urbanism.

Never before has a hybrid-timber office building of this size been built in Europe. This presents some challenges, but above all many advantages.

Compared to traditional construction methods such as concrete, the production of timber generates significantly less CO2 and nitrogen. In addition, during their growth, trees absorb CO2, which remains stored in the material. This means that Mediavaert’s timber construction limits additional emissions and has a potentially positive carbon balance. The building is highly energy efficient, including an underground thermal energy storage system combined with a heat pump and solar panels on the roof, and aims for BREEAM Excellent certification.

“We are very proud to engineer and build DPG Media’s new office, the largest hybrid-timber office building in Europe. It is a confirmation of DPG Media’s confidence in BESIX, as this is the second time we are building a headquarters for the company. Firstly in Antwerp and now in Amsterdam. The design of the building resolutely focuses on a sustainable and healthy working environment. Most of the structure is made of timber. As an innovative construction and renovation company, we aim with this project to reinforce the sustainable and innovative character of urban development,” said Nic De Roeck, Managing Director of BESIX Nederland.

“Building our Dutch headquarters Mediavaert in Amsterdam with BESIX, after having built the Mediaplein headquarters in Antwerp together, is a consistency we are particularly pleased with. With a unique timber design, lots of natural light and roof gardens, we offer both an optimal working environment and a positive ecological impact, while saving CO2. We are looking forward to establishing the Dutch media hub with DPG Media here and to bringing together editorial offices, studios, a printing facility and other business units in the Amsterdam area,” said Erik Roddenhof, CEO of DPG Media Group and DPG Media Nederland.

Employees of Het Parool, Volkskrant, Trouw, Qmusic, NU.nl, Tweakers, vtwonen, Libelle, HR and Marketing, among others, will be able to take full advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities in Mediavaert. In addition to work spaces, the building includes experimental and test spaces, recording studios for Qmusic radio, meeting rooms, restaurants, an espresso bar and a pleasant reception room overlooking the Duivendrechtsevaart. The open design of the building is based on the interaction between the voids and the common spaces. Green spaces in, on and around the building create an inspiring working environment that promotes well-being and health.

Contractor Gebr. De Koning is currently carrying out the pile-driving work, after which BESIX will start the execution of the shell at the end of 2021. Delivery is scheduled for early 2024.