Real estate developer Johan Matser yesterday won the NEPROM-award for location development with its project Nieuw Monnikenhuizen, a residential area in Arnhem (the Netherlands) on the former stadium of football club Vitesse. Johan Matser’s director Carel de Reus received the award from the jury chairman, ex-minister of VROM (the Netherlands Ministry of Spacial Planning, Housing and Environment) Margreeth de Boer. The project Nieuw-Crooswijk in Rotterdam, a project of Era Bouw, Proper-Stok and Woningbedrijf Rotterdam, won the NEPROM encouragement award.
This was the first time the NEPROM-award for location development has been awarded and it ought to become the most prestigious real estate award of the Netherlands. Winners receive a sculpture and an amount of € 25,000, to spend on the project.
In her judgement, the jury specifically looked at the cooperation between market and authorities, client ship, commercial success and the quality of urban development and architecture. Johan Matser (with its developer Jan Sondervan) won the first edition of the award. The jury visited 23 projects of the eighty submitted plans and nominated five of them. Other nominees were the Regenboogpark in Tilburg, a development of AM Residential Development (developer: Frank Shoenmakers); the Van Heekplein in Enschede, a development of AM, Foruminvest, Prowinko (of which were involved respectively Jaap Gillis, David Ermia and Max Vorst); the Commissaris in Venlo, a development of BAM Vastgoed (developer: Dirk de Boer) and Sijtwende in Leidschendam/Voorburg, a development of Bohemen and Volker Stevin (developers: Stan Roestenberg and Dietmar Werner). Era Bouw won the NEPROM-encouragement award for the residential area Nieuw-Crooswijk in Rotterdam (together with Proper Stok and Woningbedrijf Rotterdam).
The awards were presented during the annual conference of the NEPROM, that this year celebrates its 30-birthday jubilee.