Bleiswijk Municipal Authority selects AM Wonen to develop De Tuinen-West (NL)

At a meeting of the Council on 17 March, the Bleiswijk Municipal Authority selected AM Wonen to develop De Tuinen-West. In De Tuinen-West, situated close to the heart of the old village of Bleiswijk, AM Wonen is to build 215 new homes in various types and price brackets. The design, by architect Hans van Egmond, echoes the historic character of the village. The new estate will have a 1930s look. The project represents an investment volume of €50 million.

De Tuinen-West is part of the new residential development known as De Tuinen in the centre of Bleiswijk. The local council began work on the scheme, which will have a total of around 800 homes, in the middle of last year. For the development of De Tuinen-West, the Municipal Authority invited five private sector developers to submit their visions for the scheme. AM Wonen was careful to take account of the council’s requirements in its proposal. The village atmosphere, plenty of landscaped areas, a safe environment and a welcoming feel are important elements of the design. The 1930s style, with strong detailing, considerable variation in types of home and the characteristic street layout determine the overall image and closely echo the features of the old village.

Rented and owner-occupied housing
De Tuinen-West is the area enclosed by Frederik Hendrikstraat, Jan van der Heydenstraat, Eerste Tocht and the future Central Park. The central location, with amenities such as schools, shops, bars and restaurants, library and sports hall all within walking distance, is ideal. The close-by Rottemeren recreational area, which lies to the east of Bleiswijk, adds to the attractions for future residents of De Tuinen.

De Tuinen-West will in due course have a total of around 280â€"300 homes in the rented and owner-occupied segments. Of the 215 homes being developed by AM Wonen, 66 will be in the medium price (from € 222.000) bracket and 88 in the more expensive price bracket (to € 540.000). Housing association 3B Wonen is to purchase the remaining social housing units, 46 rented homes and 16 homes in the subsidised owner-occupied segment, from AM Wonen. With its marked differentiation in types of home and price brackets, De Tuinen-West will be an attractive new residential estate for a broad group of people. First-time buyers, those looking for a bigger home and the older generation should all be able to find a home to suit.

The new homes are scheduled to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, enabling construction to start early in 2006. Tuinen-West will be finished in the first quarter of 2008.

Source: AM

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