NN Workspace 2020 is probably the most circular and ambitious project ever!
For the new – circular – office design of the buildings in The Hague and Rotterdam, NN was looking for a partner who would take on the full management and realisation of this project. From project design and strategy to completion and maintenance. Nationale Nederlanden chose Vepa and the Fair Furniture Group because of good previous experiences and our intrinsic motivation.
We renovated the workplaces at two locations with a total of 18 floors for more than 4,000 employees. Over the entire project we achieved a circularity score of 89 %.
The renovation has been completed, with the 18 floors being ‘harvested’ and refurbished in phases. This means that everything that leaves the building is repurposed in the new work environment. This transformation was achieved in three years, while NN remains in business.
We have already proven that we are a flexible partner. Just when we were starting to get a grip on the process, Covid-19 came and a decision was made not to renovate a number of floors. This meant that the entire project plan had to be reshaped. A tough job, but we are enormously proud of the final result.
This project was unique in that we were employed as consultant and director for the loose furnishings. The share of new furniture is minimal. This mind shift reflects our transition and the non-traditional organisation of the wonderful Workspace project.
From the initial phase to the final design, we worked with various suppliers, movers, architects and project managers to come up with a design that was as circular as possible and to make maximum use of all sorts of ideas from the field. We worked with 12 partners on the renovation of the Haagse Poort and Delftse Poort.
A beautiful book has been made about our collaboration. Click here for the online version.
Health and sustainability are the two key elements in the Workspace 2020.
The interior must meet the WELL V2 Platinum standard, with the aim of 100% circular renovation with 0% waste. Reuse is preferred over recycling furniture or purchasing new products. All aspects of the project, including products, services and logistics, were made measurable with LCAs translated into environmental cost indicator scores.
The project achieved the WELL V2 Platinum certification, which is the highest attainable score. In addition, the project received a circularity score of 89 %. Reuse is preferred over recycling furniture or purchasing new products. All aspects of the project, including products, services and logistics, were made measurable with LCAs translated into environmental cost indicator scores. By tackling the project in this sustainable way, a 70% reduction in environmental impact (ECI) was achieved. Something we are enormously proud of.