TNO will strengthen the existing ecosystem on TU Delft Campus with a new innovation laboratory. The building enables TNO to conduct innovative research and to create unique test rigs for innovations in the construction sector. The decision to locate this new laboratory on TU Delft Campus will give a further boost to cooperation and knowledge sharing between TU Delft, TNO and all of its partners. a.s.r real estate has purchased the building on behalf of the ASR Dutch Sciene Park Fund.

The laboratory conducts applied, innovative research into lifetime extension and innovation in the areas of materials, energy, and structures. This research is carried out for clients in residential and commercial construction and infrastructure, both in the Dutch market and at international level. The new building – which replaces the current MEC-Bouwlab (Lab for Materials, Energy and Construction) on Bakemastraat – will be located on TU Delft’s campus. This will enable TNO to work efficiently and creatively with all of its partners, across a wide range of disciplines. It will ensure that optimal use is made of the available test facilities, while paving the way for the creation of unique test rigs. Construction of this building, designed by Group A from Rotterdam, is scheduled to start in April 2020.

Building innovation

As fund director Luc Joosten of the ASR Dutch Science Park Fund points out, “We are very excited to be cooperating with every single party involved in the development and completion of this laboratory which focuses on building innovation. Having been involved with TNO from the very beginning, we were free to choose our own partners and to shape the development in line with the wishes of the user TNO, and the fund. The ASR Dutch Science Park Fund specialises in long-term investments, so we’re delighted to include this unique building – with TNO as a tenant – in our portfolio.”

“This new accommodation will help us to achieve the following goals, together with TU Delft. We want to be a vibrant and prominent centre, a hothouse for top-of-the-bill research, and a place where the impact of our innovations can be seen and felt. We conduct research into innovative building concepts and energy-positive accommodation. This will be showcased and applied in our very own new accommodation”, says Patrick Punte, director of operations at TNO’s Buildings, Infrastructure & Maritime unit.

Boosting an innovative ecosystem

Nicoly Vermeulen, vice president operations at TU Delft adds that “The completion of this new laboratory will be a direct result of the cooperative venture that we entered into with the ASR Dutch Science Park Fund in 2019. TNO and TU Delft have cooperated very closely with one another for many years now. This new lab will give a further boost to the innovative ecosystem on TU Delft Campus. An added bonus is that the presence of TNO and its new research and testing facilities all help to make TU Delft Campus a more attractive base for other parties.

Paul Nijhout, a partner at Stone22, points out that “Stone22 is involved in developments at Leiden BioScience Park, Amsterdam Science Park and Science Park Utrecht. We are proud that we can now add the development of TNO’s splendid research building on TU Delft Campus to the list. We are committed to creating a sustainable, inspirational, healthy, and innovative working environment, together with users and other stakeholders.”