News - 7 March 2008

DUO² selected as preferred bidder for PPP Groningen

The architect is UNStudio from Amsterdam. Other participants in the consortium include Arup, ISS, LODEWIJK BALJON garden and landscape architects, Studio Linse and YNNO. The project comprises the design, build, finance and maintenance of the new office for the Informatie Beheer Groep and the Regional Tax Office for a concession period of 20 years. The cost is € 13.2 million per year. The bid of DUO²; has been judged on quality and cost and was presented the best value for money.

Informatie Beheer Groep and the Regional Tax Office will be the users of the building, and are represented by the Government Buildings Agency as the client. It is one of the first large new accommodation projects of the Government Buildings Agency that is being procured through PPP, using the Design, Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate (DBFMO) approach. 2,500 employees will use the new facilities. The joint government office will benefit from parking facilities for 1,500 bicycles and 675 cars accommodated in an underground garage. Additionally, the project includes a large public city garden with pond and a multifunctional pavilion with commercial functions.

The contract is due to be signed with the State on 19 March. Construction is expected to commence towards the end of 2008, with completion due in March 2011, and the garage and public city garden is due to be delivered in 2013.