Giving back the admiralty its former allure

Renovation of Damen's monumental headquarters

The headquarters of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen comprises of a monumental front building and a rear building constructed at a later stage. Together with architectural firm GROUP A and our construction partners, we created a new connection between both buildings. We also improved the energy efficiency and, urged by the demand for the 'New Way of Working', thoroughly refurbished the interior.

Project properties

Project name
Renovation of Damen's monumental headquarters
Koninklijke Schelde Groep B.V.
Offices, Renovation
5000.00 m²
Group A
Cordeel Nederland B.V.
Type of contract
Design & Build (UAV-GC)
Phase 1: 11/2013 - 07/2014 Phase 2: 02/2016 - 01/2017

Unexpected motivation

A large, new atrium with glass roof was realised behind the entrance of building 32, a listed structure. The rear building is known as building 36 and was developed at a later stage. Prior to the renovations, the two buildings were connected to each other via the ground floor only. This wide-ranging renovation was unexpected but necessary: as the premises involve Royal Marine activities and were situated in an area that would from now on be accessible to the general public, security had to be upgraded.

Energy-efficient and comfortable

We demolished and rebuilt the connection between the buildings. In addition, the new personnel entrance in the rear building was equipped with a suspended staircase that connects the first and second floors. Thanks to the new glazing, secondary glazing and insulated false walls, the buildings are now more energy-efficient and comfortable. The latter also applies to the interior, which once again looks beautiful after our efforts.