The Bank wins FGH Real Estate Award 2012
Kroonenberg Groep has won the 2012 FGH Real Estate Award with ‘The Bank’ in Amsterdam. According to the jury, the major redevelopment of ABN AMRO’s former head office has resulted in a striking building with international allure. Not only does the building meet the needs of its users, it has also given a major quality boost to Amsterdam’s central city area.
The winner of the 2012 FGH Real Estate Award was announced today in the Jaarbeurs exhibition centre in Utrecht. In its report, the independent jury chaired by Aleid Wolfsen, the mayor of Utrecht, applauds the great respect for the soul of the building that is evidenced in this project. ‘To achieve the best possible result, the project parties chose a very bold and also time-consuming approach, to which they adhered throughout, even in the face of the rapidly changing economic and financial climate.’
The other nominees for the prize were: Creative Valley in Utrecht by initiator/developer City VOF (Epicurus and Van Wijnen), City Theater in Amsterdam by initiator/developer NIC Commercieel Vastgoed, and Wolfsberg in Deurne by initiator/developer Hurks Vastgoedontwikkeling.
According to Peter Keur, chairman of the board of directors of FGH Bank, the nature of the participating projects is proof that the real estate sector has changed for good. ‘The participants reveal an enormous commitment to, and continuously strive for, the highest quality. They understand that, while client satisfaction is important for good return, it is the end-user that counts the most.’
The FGH Real Estate Award was established by FGH Bank and handed out for the first time in 1990. The award is open to all Dutch real estate projects with a floor area of at least 5000 m² that have been realised during the preceding two years. Both new buildings and re-development and renovation projects are eligible for the award.