The Jeroen Bosch Hospital has reached agreement with developers AM Grondbedrijf and Rabo Vastgoed on the sale of land and buildings at its Carolus site in âs-Hertogenbosch. All hospital-related activities currently based at the Carolus site are scheduled to be relocated to the hospitalâs Willem-Alexander site in 2009.
The land will be transferred to the developers in 2011. Consistent with the Municipalityâs structural vision, AM Wonen and Rabo Vastgoed plan to create on the Carolus site a high-quality residential/leisure zone incorporating 350 homes. The capital cost is estimated at around â¬85 million.
Its central situation within the âs-Hertogenbosch ring road, adjacent to the Station-Oost district and bordering on De Herven, a popular green residential district, makes Carolus an ideal location for a park-like residential/ leisure zone. The concept devised by AM Wonen and Rabo Vastgoed builds on a the structural vision for the zone which the Municipality outlined in 2003. Detached houses and town houses will be built in the north-east part of the seven-hectare project site, where the urban planning and architecture will be consistent with the residential atmosphere of De Herven. The south-western part of the site will be more urban in character, to fit in with the existing built environment of the Hervensebaan and the station district. The developers are planning to build a total of around 350 homes, in a wide range of types and price categories.
Good for patients
The proceeds from the sale will enable Jeroen Boschâs Board of Governors to complete the new hospital project in a single stage, instead of in two stages as originally planned. A final decision on this aspect will be made by the Building Committee in mid-2005. It would be better for patients if construction were not split into phases, because it would mean that, once the new hospital was completed (scheduled for 2009), they would only need to travel to one location in âs-Hertogenbosch, the Willem-Alexander site on the edge of town.
Via a sale-and-leaseback arrangement, the hospital has a guarantee that it can continue to use the Carolus site until 2011. The hospital will need the time between moving out of the Carolus site and handing it over to its new owners to dismantle and demolish the buildings. The 34,000 mÂ² main building dates from 1976.