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Utrecht I Logistics Centre, adaptive regeneration of a brownfield

The abandoned site of 3.5 ha located in the industrial park Lageweide, in Maarssen, was once a toluene ink factory, but is now, after demolition of the historical buildings and soil remediation, an area of vibrant growth with high potential for the future.

BREEAM Excellent

After removal of asbestos and soil remediation, the site is now ready for construction work to begin. The new logistics site will be developed in line with the internationally recognised BREEAM assessment method and is aiming to achieve the score ‘Excellent’. BREEAM-rated developments are sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who work there, and help protect natural resources. The Utrecht I Logistics Centre is another net-zero carbon emission building: with gasless heating and cooling (via heat pumps and infrared heaters) and is characterized by its future-proof building design. 

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EV charging stations


sqm warehouse

2 MW

energy production from rooftop solar


sqm brownfield land

Quick fact

100% of the concrete has been recycled on site, under roads and in foundations.

Excellent access for our customers and customers' employees

Located less than 10km north of Utrecht and 30km south of Amsterdam, this ultramodern distribution centre has a particularly strategic location, as it has excellent transport connections and direct access to the Utrecht ring road that connects to the A2 motorway (Amsterdam-Maastricht). It’s also located just 4 km northeast of the barge terminal in Utrecht, which makes the site ideally located for multimodal transport. The site can also be easily accessed by public transport: the main train station of the area is located just 1 km northwest, or a 15-minutes' walk away, while the bus station on Ruimteweg in Maarssen is just a 5-minute walk away from the site. More than 3.7 million families are within a 60-minute truck driving time.

Optimising structural systems

Building reuse and incorporation of salvaged building materials can greatly reduce the embodied carbon of construction. It’s a vital part of the LCA we are currently developing and that will allow us to develop truly circular buildings in the near future. Structural systems always comprise the largest source of embodied carbon in our buildings and were targeted first during the development of Utrecht I Logistics Centre.  

  • 1 of the buildings demolished has been erected elsewhere
  • 100% of the concrete has been recycled on site, under roads and in foundations
  • Recycled concrete had been imported from nearby locations less than 30 km away
  • Basement foundations are being reused in the design
  • Old structure’s retaining wall has been incorporated in the plans

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