Look, Maanwijk residents will be able to get around in a sustainable and stylish manner! Developer Joost Ruiterkamp points at the e-bike and electric car which he will use to guide us through Leusden-South. They were delivered especially for this story by Utrecht-based WeDriveSolar, one of Heijmans’ mobility partners who uses locally generated solar energy as power source.
We are standing in the warm winter sun, in front of the Maanweg construction site, where 120 homes will arise. A welcome addition to Leusden, because this municipality in the province of Utrecht is facing more and more home seekers. From its own village, but also from Amersfoort, according to Joost.
The place where we are standing is the Dutch challenge in a nutshell. Our country is eagerly awaiting new homes. It is up to Heijmans to realise those homes in a responsible manner. The wording ‘in a responsible manner’ combines countless wishes and demands. In terms of environmental impact, energy use, (financial) accessibility, social cohesion, justice and, above all, health . Solutions which Heijmans does not shy away from. After all, it is a company of problem solvers and connectors. The knowledge and expertise that has been developed in various places within Heijmans, will come together for the first time at Maanwijk, Joost says proudly. “The combination of Heijmans innovations, technology and experience, makes Maanwijk a first. This is a showcase of a healthy living environment, which provides answers regarding the social issues of today and the future.”
Heijmans to build 120 homes in LeusdenNew green Leusden district
Project leader Mattijs Hubers walks off the construction site for a minute to admire the matt black Van Moof bicycle, but mostly the Tesla’s eye-catching white interior. This month, Mattijs and his colleagues will start laying the sewage system. “It is a good thing that we are executing this project in an integrated fashion, as one Heijmans”, Mattijs and Joost end their spontaneous talk. Joost throws his leg over the bicycle frame and cycles into Leusden-South.
These homes were built between the fifties and seventies, Joost points out, when the village of Leusbroek was expanded considerably and renamed Leusden-South. The young starters of that time have retired by now and almost half of them lives alone. Even though there are many events in Leusden, the municipality is picking up signals of loneliness, says Joost. “We will not be able to create a healthy living environment until we know the challenges or issues this place is facing. That is why we focus on connecting while developing Maanwijk. Connecting people and nature, people and technology, but mostly people with each other.”
“The new homes attract young families and starters to this part of Leusden, resulting in liveliness”, Joost expects. “But also the varied residential programme brings different groups together in Maanwijk. For instance, there are owner-occupier and rental homes in various forms. There is also room for seniors or people with a disability in the lifetime homes in the south of the neighbourhood. Scientific insights show that meeting other people regularly helps you stay vital both physically and mentally. So, it is important that different generations keep meeting each other in Maanwijk.”