The Pieter Baan Centre, a former psychiatric observation clinic, has been bought by KondorWessels Vastgoed (part of VolkerWessels). Because of its function, the inaccessible piece of city is transforming into a vibrant place for and by Utrechters. The complex on Gansstraat had not been used as a clinic since the end of 2018. The total size of the project is around 15,500 m² GLA. In the new plans, where old and new buildings form a characteristic whole, a mix of various residential and work functions will be realised, including a special housing concept and an incubator.
The redevelopment will realise various ambitions, such as creating a community for Utrecht entrepreneurs, makers and artists, preserving the buildings and strengthening the character of the history, and social, cultural and community connection with the city and the neighbourhood.
Residential programme & incubator
A differentiated housing programme will be realised with social, medium-, and free-sector rental housing, owner-occupied housing and a special housing concept. In this housing concept, vulnerable young people can develop step by step towards an independent existence. There will also be an incubator with exhibition and workshop spaces, catering establishments and a flexible, social programme.
The planning area of the former Pieter Baan Centre is located near the centre of Utrecht, on the Kromme Rijn river. There will be a total of seven (semi) public courtyards, each with its own function and identity. The various courtyards connect to the surroundings with nature- and water-related activities, but are also inspired by functions of outdoor spaces of a clinic. There is space for sports, gardening, rest, contemplation, play and meeting. Together, this contributes to a location for and by Utrechters of all ages.
Urban development programme of requirements
In the run-up to the sale, the Utrecht municipality, together with the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (state property company) and the Atelier Rijksbouwmeester, drew up an Urban Programme of Requirements. This set out ambitions and requirements for the redevelopment. The complex was then offered by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf through a public tender with extensive pre-selection. The visions were assessed for quality by the selection committee, consisting of members of the Municipality of Utrecht, the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf and the Atelier Rijksbouwmeester. After a positive assessment by the selection committee, KondorWessels Vastgoed submitted the highest bid.
In the coming years, KondorWessels Vastgoed and the municipality will work hard to elaborate the plans and create a (special) residential environment with a lively breeding ground.