Heijmans to realise construction DSM

December 19, 2013

Heijmans has received a provisional contract award from DSM Food Specialties (DFS) for the construction of a new biotechnological research laboratory. The project concerns the new Research & Development facilities in Delft, which will be accommodated in what is known as 'Lab 6', a facility designed to house 350 employees. The floor plan consists of a surface area of approximately 13,800 m2.

Integral Contract

DSM tendered the contract in three separate parcels, but ultimately opted for Heijmans' integrated approach. Heijmans is to realise the works as a single integral project. The contract was in part awarded on the basis of Heijmans' attention to safety.

The development consists of an integrated project in which Heijmans pools its architectural, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering expertise. Heijmans has constructed various laboratories as specialist in the past, including the laboratory for the recently completed Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, the Wageningen University and Research Centre's (WUR) Orion in Wageningen, the Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam and the Solliance at the High-tech Campus in Eindhoven


DSM will invest in three new research facilities over the coming years: one in Sittard-Geleen and two in Delft. One of these is Lab 6, which will replace the existing Beijerincklab and which will house the DSM Biotechnology Centre (DBC). A special feature of the facility is that the building has been designed in close collaboration with its users. "They know their work processes better than anyone else," says DSM Project Manager Harry Spuyman. The construction of Lab 6 is the first step in DSM's Fit4Future Programme. This is the renovation plan for the western part of DSM Delft's premises to transform it into a biotechnology centre.

The first piles will be driven into ground in mid-2014 and the new lab is to be ready one year later.