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Third time’s the charm at Shell


Shell's head office, The Hague

Hurks-disciplines involved:

Excellence in Health, Safety, Security & Environment

Once the retained section had been separated from the to-be-demolished section of the L-Oost building at Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (STCA), a Design & Build assignment was issued to construct a new laboratory wing on the grounds of this research centre in Amsterdam-Noord. This is a comprehensive undertaking which is much to the liking of Hurks' as an innovation centre and laboratory specialist. The third assignment involves exploiting our extensive renovation expertise: the phased façade and roof renovation at Shell's head office in The Hague. Triple assignment from Shell.

The Design & Build assignment for Shell involves developing and constructing the new L-Oost laboratory wing at the STCA research centre in Amsterdam. This wing measures 8,500 m2 and is intended for worldwide research into better and more efficient extraction of crude oil. All in all, the project involves expanding the size of the location by ten percent, and paying a lot of attention to Shell's core principles of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE). The Shell complex, which is based on the banks of the River IJ, is one of three worldwide laboratories where Shell will be conducting this research. It was Hurks' job to construct an operational building as safely as possible, where the execution process clearly results in the desired quality. Project leader Paul Müller: “Because we have involved Shell in the verification and validation process from the very outset, we have already reached the transfer stage for L-Oost.”

Exploiting our extensive renovation dna

Renovation head office

While the engineering phase was ongoing, Hurks was then awarded an extra assignment for Preparatory Works. These activities mainly involved carefully separating the wing from an existing STCA building in order to prepare it for demolition. These separation activities took place without interrupting Shell's business processes and have been completed in the meantime, thus allowing building work for the new wing to get started. After the first two assignments, Hurks was then asked to restore Shell's listed head office at the Carel van Byrlandtlaan in The Hague. This assignment involves the phased restoration of ca. 14,500 m2 of façade and roof area at the old Shell premises, which are also referred to as C30. 

Hurks' as an innovation centre and laboratory specialist

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