Cordeel builds World Tube Center for Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group

On Tuesday, 5 September, Peter Rietberg, chairman of the Executive Board of the Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group, symbolically drove the first foundation pile — measuring an impressive 24 metres — into the ground. This ceremonious gesture marked the official start of the construction of Van Leeuwen’s World Tube Center in Zwijndrecht, expected to be completed in April 2024.

The new steel and glass building will serve as a welcoming hub for Van Leeuwen, inviting customers, suppliers and business partners to interactively experience distribution, production and projects. Visitors will also be able to view the monorail here the world’s most advanced automated transport and sorting system, spanning 315 metres. The monorail’s floor foundation was completed earlier this year by our real estate service department.

The monorail has allowed Van Leeuwen to automate part of its logistics operations at its warehouse in Zwijndrecht. The foundation floor covers an area of 6,500 m2 with a length of 365 metres. Construction required 2,400 m3 of concrete, and 552 tubular steel piles with a total pipe length of 12,950 metres were driven into the ground. Van Leeuwen supplied the piles.

Our partnership with Van Leeuwen in Zwijndrecht has already resulted in several highlights, not least the replacement of 68 skylights with an overall area of 13,600 m2, which has made a significant contribution to improving natural lighting while reducing artificial lighting. In 2019, we also completed the Swinpoort logistics facility, including reception facilities, changing rooms, showers and a canteen.

We value our longstanding collaboration with Van Leeuwen and would like to thank the company for trusting us with this new contract.

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