The a.s.r. building dates back to the early 1970s. After an in-depth study, it was decided in 2010 to opt for sustainable renovation rather than a new-build. The result is a transparent, energy-efficient and cost-effective building that is not only a great place to work, but has also been opened up to the public as a Seats2Meet venue.
- The demolition produced a total of 23,000 tonnes of rubble, much of which (98%) was reused.
- The building waste was separated into no fewer than nine different categories. Material that could be reused went straight back into the renovated part of the building.
- If all the lorries carrying demolition material were placed end-to-end, they would form a line stretching from Utrecht to Amersfoort (about 25 km).
- All the thousands of desk chairs were given a second lease of life, with the seats and fabric covering being replaced. The old foam from the seats was used in insulation panels, while the fabric was donated to a manufacturer of horse blankets and to schools.
- The building has 40,000 square metres of carpeting, some of which is made from recycled materials and is 100% recyclable. The old carpet was recycled: the pile was reused, while the backing was used as a raw material in road construction and roofing.
- Garden and green waste is processed in a.s.r.'s own environmentally friendly composting station to create a soil improver for gardens.
- The office garden borders on the Ecological Network of the province of Utrecht and provides a habitat for several species of fauna, including bats, hedgehogs, salamanders, insects, storks and grass snakes.
- a.s.r. has deliberately chosen to create a habitat for bees in its garden. The bee-keepers engage in organic bee-keeping and the garden has bee-friendly plants.
- Part of the outer wall on the first floor will be covered in greenery. The plants will capture large and small dust particles, purifying the air in the process.
- Nesting boxes will be incorporated into this green wall section for swifts and sparrows.
- The climate facade measures a total of 17,000 square metres.
- There are wooden tables dotted around the office, made from timber from our own estate, Landgoed De Utrecht. The tables were put together in a sheltered work facility run by Reinaerde, one of our social partners.
- After the renovation, the building now has 85,000 square metres of office and meeting space, as well as 2,800 workstations.
- Part of the building is accessible to everyone. Visitors can use facilities such as the meeting centre, restaurant, coffee bar, work lounge and gym. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. A public workspace can be reserved via the Seats2meet website.
- The a.s.r. building has two water tapping points offered by Join the Pipe. By offering these, a.s.r. supports a drinking water project in a developing country.
- The building has a charging station for public transport passes.
- There are 43 charging stations for electric vehicles. Guests can charge their vehicles for free.
- The building is cleaned in an environmentally friendly way. No chemicals are used.
- The cafeteria and the Plato restaurant offer a healthy range of locally sourced products.
- Work stations have a view of the winter gardens. There is scientific evidence to suggest that people are healthier when they have a view of nature. Being exposed to light also helps them stay healthy and get a good night’s sleep. These are just two of the benefits of a climate facade.