The owner of the Blaak 555 office was faced with vacancies. Rebranding and redevelopment into a high-quality, multi-tenant office building proved to be the solution.
The task of reversing the vacancy trend in the traditional 1990s Blaak 555 office complex calls for a major renovation. Not only that, but the work needs to be completed within a short period, while part of the building remains operational throughout. It is therefore vital to minimise any inconvenience to the building’s existing users.
To heighten the appeal to tenants, CBRE recommended that the building be rebranded and redeveloped into high-quality, multi-tenant office premises. A multidisciplinary team from CBRE advised the owner throughout the process, from preparation of the business case and management consulting to the design, call for tenders, implementation and renting. The inconvenience to users was minimised by taking their needs into account as regards the implementation sequence and by using temporary facilities, logistical measures and modified construction methods.
The project During the renovations, the following work was carried out:
The entrance was relocated to the front of the building, improving the routing and functionality of the entrance area. Lines of travel were also made more logical and visible, and the building’s cores were opened up. This created the potential for opening a coffee shop, a business lounge and a restaurant in the entrance area.
The lifts were completely renovated, and fitted with a new interior and a destination control system.
The former 4th-floor restaurant and kitchen were transformed into a lettable shell for an open-plan office floor.
The old conference room was removed, giving rise to office space of over 1,000 m2 and an open atrium to the floor above. A show floor was also created in this section to present the many inspiring design possibilities available on the office floors.
The 16th floor was renovated to create a modern lettable office floor.
The parking garage was renovated and parking spaces added.
A range of maintenance work was carried out on the 14th, 15th, 28th and 29th floors. This included installation maintenance, such as the renewal of cooling units and work on the air handling units.
Results In May 2015, the grand opening of the new office took place. Within frameworks defined in advance, the renovation resulted in a high-quality, distinctive office building with large open floors. This extensive approach helped ensure that the building’s main tenant renewed their lease for several years.
| Built 1996 | Architect: Helmut Jahn | Concept design: CBRE | Elaboration of specifications and conditions for the purpose of the renovation: ZZDP Architecten | 107 meters high | 28 storeys and parking basement | 28, 000 m2 | multi-tenant |