The WDP Prinsenhil Logistics Park in Breda is an impressive project that is more than just a warehouse. The building is located in a strategic location just three kilometers from Breda train station and is being built with extra attention to livability on and around the site. The park has a land area of 5 hectares and a construction area of 25,904 m². It is heated without gas, fully electric, and equipped with 175 parking spaces and five covered bicycle sheds.
At this redevelopment location, a company building is currently still in use, which means that the project will be carried out in phases. In phase 1, three business spaces with offices are being built, with part of the existing building remaining in use. Fire safety is ensured by the construction of a new pump room and sprinkler tank, to which the existing building is connected. After the sprinkler installation is put into operation, demolition work began. Most of the old building has already been circularly demolished and phase 1 of the new construction is currently in full swing.
Once phase 1 is completed, the established company will move to the new location and phase 2 can begin. The remaining existing buildings will then be demolished to make way for two more business spaces with offices. The entire plan is expected to be completed in 2025.
When designing the Prinsenhil Logistics Park, a lot of attention was paid to integration into the environment, achieving the BREEAM In-Use Very Good certificate, and achieving an A+++ energy label. The building will be equipped with PV panels on the roof, energy-efficient LED lighting, and no gas connection. A special nature-inclusive site design will also be realized. The Prinsenhil Logistics Park will have an eco-friendly park around the business buildings, where employees can fully enjoy the biodiversity. A variety of native plants and trees will be placed in the park, as well as various nesting places and habitats for birds and land animals. There will also be 30 charging points for electric vehicles and 5 covered bicycle sheds with charging points for electric bicycles and scooters. The roof offers space for 3.5 MWp of solar panels, which is equivalent to more than 1,300 households. The Prinsenhil Logistics Park will thus become a sustainable and nature-inclusive environment where work and enjoyment go hand in hand.
The WDP Prinsenhil Logistics Park project is also a great example of how different partners work together to create a sustainable and natural site. Each of these partners has played an important role in the design and execution of the project.
ConvexArchitecten was responsible for designing the buildings. They deliberately chose a warm-looking design, with a rounded façade and a focus on natural daylight and an ideal mix of solar panels and green roofs. In addition, they used earth tones that are close to nature, all contributing to a sustainable and environmentally friendly building.
Stijlgroep is responsible for the design of the outdoor space. They ensured that the design of the buildings seamlessly fits into the surrounding terrain. They paid attention to the organic forms of the building and translated them into the rest of the terrain. They also focused on water, using water-permeable concrete pavers and semi-paved streets. A water retention basin is also being constructed to reduce the risk of flooding. Planting is also an important part of the outdoor space design, with around 26,000 shrubs and about a hundred trees that are perfect for a cozy outdoor lunch in good weather or for those who like to get their step counter working during their lunch break.
Natuurinclusief was responsible for the landscaping plan of the site. The plan focuses on native fauna and flora. The design was reviewed by an ecologist to determine what the environment needs. They looked at which animals and insects are already in the region and which plants and herbs are important for these species. It is important to plant what is suitable for the soil and climate on site, rather than exotic flowers that are not useful for local insects.
In summary, each partner plays an important role in the design and execution of this project. By working together and considering sustainability and nature conservation, a beautiful and functional site has been created where humans and nature can coexist in harmony.