Pride and gratitude
Ballast Nedam is on track towards becoming the most competitive construction company in the Netherlands. Three years ago, we implemented our strategy of selective and strategic tendering, where our ambition was to enhance the volume, profitability and quality of our order intake. This strategy is now paying off.
Olav Padberg, Sander Lefevre, Cenk Düzyol and Hayrettin Koçak
In 2018, our order book significantly increased to over € 1.6 billion. Besides the size, also the quality has considerably improved. We won several solid and interesting new projects. As a result, our order book shows a higher percentage of projects with healthier profit and risk margins. A significant part of this is due to investments in our design and engineering, estimations and tendering functions. This allows us to grow our order book in a controlled manner. Internationally, we are benefitting from the synergy between Ballast Nedam and Rönesans.
Looking at where Ballast Nedam stands now, we cannot help but feel a sense of pride and gratitude for all the effort and trust we receive from our clients, partners, employees and parent company Rönesans.
Blankenburg connectionRotterdam region
Underground bicycle parking projectAmsterdam
Extension WTC AmsterdamAmsterdam Zuidas
Hemmathagama water supply projectSri Lanka
Repair Princess Juliana International AirportSaint Martin
Reconstruction and widening A9 GaasperdammerwegAmsterdam
Major maintenance projectA12-A15
Cycle Bridge and Wildlife CorridorNigtevecht
‘No less than 154 metres up into the air, in the heart of the Cool residential area. Quite an iconic building. We will carry out our work within a protective cocoon that grows along with the building shell and the façade. The snowy-white façade elements and the load-bearing columns are the only prefabricated elements; the entire concrete structure and 48 floors will be poured on site. And we have also come up with a very efficient routine for doing this.’- Martijn Valkhof, Head of Work Planning -
‘Four kilometres of technical structures, the architectural highlight of which is a 945-metre long immersed tunnel under ‘het Scheur’. Precise preparation is the key to success for such an extensive project involving such technical challenges. That’s why we have decided to first build the entire project in digital form. The tools we use include 4D simulations that enable us to look ahead and identify any bottlenecks in our planning schedules and any unsafe situations before they actually arise.’- Tommie Jacobs, BIM-specialist -
‘There are some challenges to building right next to a hotspot like the Leidseplein square. The building site is jammed in between a canal, a tram track, and terraces full of atmosphere. This leaves us only a couple of square metres of room to manoeuvre. However, that’s not a problem. The builders travel to the work site by public transport and special materials and equipment are delivered in the early hours of the morning. And we are completing the square in two parts, after which we can continue our work underground undisturbed.’- Marco van der Kloos, Foreman -
‘Together with our partner MRP Development we translated the plans – which were already quite specific - for a new housing development into a unique area concept: Blue District. For the envisaged 2,600 homes we made a healthy mix of social rental, private sector rental and owner-occupied homes. We have made these and many other choices, to implicitly stimulate people to interact and move.’- Nicolle Terlouw, Acquisition Manager -
‘We are creating an impressive 32,000 m2 of new floor area on the prestigious Amsterdam Zuidas. We are giving the WTC a complete metamorphosis, with more and state-of-the-art office space and a contemporary façade. And we are doing this work while some parts of the building continue to be used, the area in which we can work is extremely small, and the surroundings are being used intensively.’- Jochem van Uden, Director Business Development -
‘It doesn’t get much better: our work provides 100,000 people with clean drinking water. And because the water comes from the mountains, no pumps are needed. The low-maintenance system is run mainly on knowledge. That’s why we are sharing our knowledge with local contractors and the Sri Lankans who are going to manage the system.’- Rik de Gorter, Foreman -
‘Hurricane Irma caused a lot of damage to the Caribbean in 2017, including the destruction of the entire roof of the important airport of St. Martin. The renovation works were frustrated by the disrupted infrastructure, and by emergency services using the building as their operational base. In spite of everything, we managed to construct a new roof even though the new hurricane season was already in full swing. This roof is resistant to hurricane-force winds.’- René Overdevest, Manager Business Development -
‘Seven kilometres of motorway, including three kilometres of land tunnel, right next to residential areas and with the current A9 crossing our construction site. That’s quite special, of course. But what is truly unique is how we are working together. Rijkwaterstaat, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands, the construction partners, suppliers, we are all acting as one. We communicate openly and honestly about performance and planning, but also about any nuisance we may cause.’- Aris van Erkel, Director Infra -
‘Besides quality, logistics was key to the success of this project. We had eight weekends in which the A15 was closed at night and ten consecutive days on the A12 to complete the project. Everything had to be done within these time windows. We prepared this meticulously, down to the minutest details. Our preparations paid off: the work progressed very smoothly. The A12 actually opened two days earlier than planned.’- Erik Lammerts, Chief foreman -
‘Local residents feared that a bridge would change the character of the area. But together we found a design that actually emphasised its unique identity. An arched bridge subdued and matching the nearby bridges over the canal. With cleverly positioned approach slabs that keep the lines of sight clear. And we have restored some historical elements, such as blackberry bushes which had always been growing here.’- Dave Noorlander, Project Manager -
These are the highlights of 2018
‘We are constructing an iconic building for the Amsterdam Nieuw-West district, just outside the Amsterdam ring road. A multi-purpose building with a ‘super space’ on its ground floor: a hall of 65 by 50 metres, the construction of which is made possible by a series of impressive load-bearing arches. This is a beautiful and challenging design. And we are building it.’Roy Akkerman, Project Manager
The Green House
‘An interesting question, typical of our time: making temporary use of a location in the centre of the Utrecht station area. We designed a building that can be fully reassembled, together with Strukton and Albron. It provides accommodation for a conference centre and a restaurant, together with its own urban farm and city terrace. This makes for a balanced circular business case, including the commercial operation.’Edwin de Kuiper, Executive Board Member Check out the project
The Rönesans Group
2015 was an important milestone in the history of Ballast Nedam. This was the year we were incorporated in the Rönesans Group. The company is part of the top 10 of international contractors in Europe, and has the ambition to reach the global top 10.
Within the Rönesans Group, we benefit from each other’s expertise. For example, we learn a lot from Rönesans’ knowledge and experience concerning high-rise buildings. Thanks to Rönesans we have extended our international reach with international teams and supply chains. This distinguishes us and makes us less dependent on the local market. For Ballast Nedam's management and employees, it is also unique to experience that we share the same drive for our trade and entrepreneurship. Inspiring.Website Rönesans
Rönesans in numbers
Ambition to reach top 3
Becoming the most competitive construction company and reaching the Netherlands' top 3. It is quite an ambition we have set ourselves. Especially if you consider our situation a few years back. Times were tough, financially. How things have changed now. We have now positioned ourselves to realise our ambition.
In 2019, we will be accelerating even more rapidly. We do not want to sit back and relax: we want to look ahead. To capitalise on new opportunities, keep improving efficiency, remain as innovative as ever. It is easier to pick up on what is happening around you when you are on the move. That is how we retain our focus and create even better results in 2019: for our clients, partners and employees.