Monday morning in Amersfoort’s Vinex district of Vathorst. It’s dry, apart from in the neighbourhood of De Bron. There the streets are named after the Black Sea, Lake Balaton, the Strait of Gibraltar or Ocean. Not an area for those afraid of water. Fortunately catering establishment-owner Daphne Bartels (49) is the type to brave the elements.
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Six years ago she set sail with Heijmans. The challenge: to create a meeting space in the fledgling district. Highly desirable, thought Oscar Higler from Heijmans, who has been involved as a developer in Vathorst since as far back as 2004. ‘If you’re keen for residents to be able to thrive from the outset, then you need to think hard about meeting spaces in timely fashion. After all, liveliness isn’t something conjured out of thin air. That starts with rousing people’s curiosity. Thereby generating traffic, which can bolster esteem and fuel demand for housing. Fulfilling that demand for housing is our ultimate goal.’