COVERSTORY WITH CHRISTA WIERTZ-WEZENBEEK, PRESIDENT OF THE AMSTERDAM DISTRICT COURT

At the end of 2020, the Amsterdam District Court will be moving into a new building, which is currently erected on the site of the old courthouse on Parnassusweg. Construction got underway some time ago and the contours of the building are taking shape. In the meantime, the court is conducting business in temporary premises on Frederik Roeskestraat. The new courthouse is injecting a massive impetus for the further development of Zuidas as a whole. Hello Zuidas interviewed Christa Wiertz-Wezenbeek, now six months into her tenure as president of the Amsterdam District Court, about this mega-project.

MEER TIJD NODIG VOOR ZUIDASDOK

De opdrachtgevers van Zuidasdok, het Rijk, de gemeente Amsterdam, Vervoerregio Amsterdam en provincie Noord-Holland, hebben in een brief aangegeven meer informatie te willen hebben alvorens ze een besluit kunnen nemen over het vervolg van het project. Dat meldt Zuidas.nlvandaag.

JOINING FORCES FOR EFFICIENT WASTE PROCESSING AT NEW AMSTERDAM

A group of businesses in the New Amsterdam building have been working to optimize a smarter, more sustainable and more efficient approach to waste processing and disposal. The key is joining forces, thus consolidating suppliers and allowing for sustainable procurement. Calvin Choi, the owner of the Market33 food court, reached out to Hello Zuidas to ask if we could set up a case study on this initiative. That led to discussions with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, which deployed research student Stijn Kuhne to tackle the project. We talked to Calvin and Stijn about their findings.

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Topsales Amsterdam: helping your business succeed in sales

Topsales Amsterdam is a sales consultancy and training company that helps clients improve their sales. By providing strategic advice, training and coaching, owner Lotte Lobé helps B2B businesses and their sales teams succeed in sales.

FM Platform: Greening Zuidas

On 23 September, Hello Zuidas organized a ‘green walk’ through Zuidas as part of the effort to offer alternative ways for people to get together and learn from each other during the pandemic. Themed ‘greening Zuidas’, the outdoor meeting was made possible by Hello Zuidas’ Facility Management Platform and intended to inform businesses, organizations and residents about area developments, as well as to inspire and enlist them for greening the district.

Hello Zuidas #Interview

In mid-October the Supervisory Board of Hello Zuidas had a changing of the guard, with Pauline Bottema-Sanders coming in as the new chair. We talked with her about her new role and the future of Zuidas.

Zuidas Architecture: Hourglass Building

Zuidas is renowned for its pioneering architecture. As it matures into an international quarter of Amsterdam, buildings are shooting up left and right in Zuidas. Amidst all these modern skyscrapers, it may be difficult to imagine that just about 20 years ago this stretch of land connecting the residential neighbourhoods of Zuid and Buitenveldert consisted mostly of tennis courts and football pitches. In this series we zoom in on the architecture of Zuidas. This time, we take a closer look at the Hourglass building.

Striking a better balance

At the end of September, more than 20 major organizations in the Amsterdam metro region signed an employer declaration in which they committed themselves to spreading out working hours and transport use during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This affects some 38,780 workers employed by the City of Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Province, the Amsterdam Transport Authority, Loyens & Loeff, ABN AMRO, SADC and Royal Schiphol Group. The Dutch Railways (NS) and other regional transport providers are also involved. Under these agreements, working from home more will become the norm. Those who do commute will plan their journeys during quiet times, outside rush hours. For those travelling longer distances, options will include some combination of public transport, bike or e-bike and car or carshares. All with a view to ensuring better access, less gridlock, fewer delays and cleaner air. Hello Zuidas talked to Sharon Dijksma, chair of the Amsterdam Transport Authority, and Patrick Van Oppen, partner at Loyens & Loeff, which is one of the signatories.

Legal News #Interview

Sandra Spek was appointed General Manager of Baker McKenzie’s Dutch office from July 2020. She is also a member of its board. Her previous positions include CFO at Mosadex, Careyn, Centraal Beheer and FBTO. Having started her new job during the tumultuous time of Covid-19, we asked about her outlook on the period ahead and what her plans are.

Sustainability news: a greener Zuidas

It’s no secret anymore that green spaces are vital to the quality of urban living. Plants help purify the air, soak up rainwater, keep the city cool and offer homes for birds and insects. And that’s to say nothing of the effects plants have on people! In urban environments like Amsterdam’s Zuidas, there’s less room for planting, so it’s important to green other parts of the district too.

Finance News #Interview

From the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, banks have been ready to help clients through these uncertain times. The Dutch Banking Association, or NVB, was set up to promote the interests of the banks in the Netherlands. Measures being taken now to combat the pandemic are having a sweeping economic impact. Hello Zuidas caught up with Chris Buijink, president of the Dutch Banking Association, to talk about the coronavirus crisis and its effects.

Property #Update

It may sound unlikely, but on the plot between the EMA office and Van der Valk hotel, just south of the A10 motorway, there is room for an office building with a gross floor area of 30,000 square metres. ‘It will be a while yet, but preparations are already underway’, says Jaap Brouwer, senior urban planning designer for the City of Amsterdam.

Mobility Special: The Future of mobility

Good access is something we’ve been working on for some time in Zuidas, since well before the pandemic. Green Business Club Zuidas, which is at the forefront of these efforts, has recently noticed that initiatives which once struggled for acceptance – bike incentives, avoiding rush hour, teleworking – are becoming the new normal. This could be a great opportunity to rethink how we organize our mobility. Within GBC Zuidas there has been extensive discussion these past months about how that might be achieved. The City of Amsterdam and Dutch Railways (NS) for instance have been working together to map out employer needs and initiate an area-wide action plan. Another partnership is with VU Amsterdam in a project to reduce congestion on public transport and bike lanes. Hello Zuidas talked about these efforts with Irma Winkenius, regional director at the NS, and Stefan Titus, Campus Development Programme secretary at VU Amsterdam.

Construction news

Works at Amsterdam Zuid Station May 30 - June 1

From Saturday 30 May until Monday 1 June 2020, work will be carried out for the additional traveler tunnel for Amsterdam Zuid station. During 3 days, part of the tracks will be excavated to work on the foundation for the second roof section of the new Brittenpassage.