WHAT WE DO BALLAST NEDAM BUILDING PROJECTS AIRSIDE PIER SCHIPHOL

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BALLAST NEDAM BUILDING PROJECTS

Complex is often not complex enough

For Ballast Nedam Building Projects, building trust is the ultimate prerequisite for a good relationship with clients and stakeholders. One of the requirements to build trust is to remove the ego. It is all about the team effort and not about the ego of an individual. Together, our teams play in the Champions League. They share a single mindset – everyone wants to be the best they can be in order to realise the most complicated projects in the Netherlands.

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BALLAST NEDAM BUILDING PROJECTS

Complex is often not
complex enough

For Ballast Nedam Building Projects, building trust is the ultimate prerequisite for a good relationship with clients and stakeholders. One of the requirements to build trust is to remove the ego. It is all about the team effort and not about the ego of an individual. Together, our teams play in the Champions League. They share a single mindset – everyone wants to be the best they can be in order to realise the most complicated projects in the Netherlands.

Challenging projects in difficult environments

A building that only features challenging architecture is usually not complex enough for our team. Jochem van Uden, Commercial Director at Ballast Nedam Building Projects, explains: ‘It is all about the combination of a large-scale, complex, project with challenging architecture in a difficult environment. That is where we fit in. We have a large portfolio of exceptional projects. The common characteristic is a clear and tight planning in combination with innovative solutions to the challenges that arise.’

Mastering the assignment

When potential projects come into scope, we are alert right from the start. Our first action is to manage all the stakeholders and getting a clear view on project redlines. We want to have a clear picture of the demands of the client and the project. We always consider safety, environmental management, creativity, speed and outstanding collaboration, with a solution-oriented mentality. ‘Last but not least, we wish to ‘own’ the project. We already call it ‘our project’ when the project is still a tender’, Van Uden explains with pride.

‘We look beyond the project, to the human factors. We are able to form a tight-knit team with the client and achieve the optimal result together!’
JOCHEM VAN UDEN COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR BALLAST NEDAM BUILDING PROJECTS

Considering the impact on people and their environment

The Building Projects team comprises 245 employees and is currently working on 8 to 10 large-scale and unique projects. ‘All these colleagues are able to rise above themselves in order to reach our goals and help people. For some of them that is an intrinsic quality, others gained it through years of experience’, says Van Uden. Helping people and looking beyond the realisation of the project is apparent in the WTC project at the Amsterdam Zuidas. To increase the safety for the environment, we installed a special bike tunnel, so cyclists can move around the building site safely.

Airside pier: crossing borders

One of the biggest projects is the Airside pier at Schiphol. ‘We showed our competitive side during the tender stage, without compromising our primary value: safety. We were able to offer the best solution for the project, economically and socially.’ We make the difference during execution by collaborating with international partners. The project organisation features no less than 24 nationalities. According to Van Uden, the international team brings big advantages:

  • A large international network increases available expertise.
  • Global procurement brings benefits in price and availability.
  • International contracts offer a strong warranty.

Turning a complex challenge into an incredible performance

The Airside pier project at Schiphol demonstrates our principles: safety and quality. Both of them are assured in a challenging project, at the size of a postage stamp. ‘We have set the highest possible safety standards that still allow work to happen in a practical manner. Working at an active airport and parallel to a runway, with minimal space is a true art. The protocols and planning schemes are beyond compare. The project fills us with pride and motivates us to take on the coming large-scale and complex challenges,’ concludes Van Uden.

Airside pier

Sustainability plays a key role in the pier's construction. For instance biomaterial and insulating glass are being used. In addition, some 5,000 m² of solar panels will be installed on the roof. The Airside pier offers 55,000 m² of floor space, five gates for narrow-body airplanes on the northern side and three gates for wide-body airplanes at the southern side. The new pier is almost a terminal, offering security filters, border controls, shopping and food and beverage. The three storeys allow the separation of travellers by both border and security status.

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Jochem van Uden Ballast Nedam Building Projects

My role as Commercial Director at Ballast Nedam Building Projects fills me with energy. I put my enthusiasm and dedication to work on the largest logistically complex construction assignments that feature exceptional architecture. My passion is turning these real estate challenges into reality for our clients. We trust each other, and depend on each other to reach our goals.