Food Center, Amsterdam

24 May 2017

Tucked away between Jan van Galenstraat and Haarlemmerweg, you will find the Food Center Amsterdam premises. For decades, this has been the place where shops and restaurants based in the capital stock up on their vegetables, fruit and other foodstuffs. Currently the site is still hidden from view by high fences, warehouse roofs and an entrance gate – but that’s all set to change.

Ballast Nedam Development and VolkerWessels Vastgoed make up a consortium that’s working on redeveloping this sizeable, 57-acre (23 ha) location in the heart of Amsterdam. The consortium is responsible for the development of the entire area. Over the next 25 years, we will be managing the area and taking care of its maintenance.

The Food Center itself is moving to the northern side of the premises. This is a challenging relocation, which we will be undertaking in close consultation with the 80-odd businesses that are based on the site. The space that this will free up, facing onto Jan van Galenstraat, is intended for residential development. This new residential district will be dubbed the Marktkwartier (Market Quarter).

New residential district
The Marktkwartier will be a neighbourhood for all types of Amsterdam residents: from families to students and old-age pensioners. The plan is for around 1,400 properties to be constructed on the site. Comprising both rental and owner-occupied homes in a range of shapes and sizes, the properties will be characterised by high levels of sustainability. The fact that the district is a five-minute bike ride from the bustling Jordaan neighbourhood and within easy reach of the A10 ring road makes the location even more attractive.

The listed market hall building is to be refurbished and opened up to the public, which will help to make the area more bustling and lively. We are working in cooperation with BOEi, the Dutch Organisation for the Restoration and Rezoning of Cultural Heritage.

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