News: January 29, 2015
Exciting weekend for Alkmaar station
On Saturday January 31st and Sunday February 1st we are taking a big step in the redevelopment of Alkmaar station. The steel structure for the new traverse will be lifted into place using two high cranes. The escalators and elevator shafts are also put in place this weekend. This exciting event can be watched at on Saturday morning. New Alkmaar station Alkmaar station gets a completely new look. A wide, light traverse soon connects the city centre with the Bergerhof quarter. Escalators and elevators make the station an accessible area and a large bicycle parking is being added. NS accommodates shopping and other amenities to meet the needs of travelers. In the design of the new station, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, uses wood, glass and metal , which gives a natural look with lots of light. End of 2015, the station will be completed. The existing tunnel can then be closed. Spectacular event: placing of the traverse On Saturday 31st of January, the traverse, the icon of the new station, will be hoisted into place in three parts. Two tall cranes on either side of the station will be used by contractor Strukton to get this exciting job done. During the work, one of the cranes will be extended to a height of over 90 meters. The heaviest part of the traverse weighs 116 tons and is 30 meters long. This spectacular event can be followed from special ‘viewing zones’ around the station, from 09.30 to 11.00. Consequences for train traffic Due to the work around Alkmaar station this weekend there is no train service. NS buses can be used instead. Extra travel time is approximately 30 minutes. Please check www.ns.nl to schedule your trip.
News: January 22, 2015
News update Smart Cities
The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is exploring the potential of Smart Cities in the Netherlands and Europe. In this news update several experts like Hans Tijl, Neelie Kroes, Maarten Hajer en Ton Venhoeven (page 16-17) give their opinion on the Development of Smart Cities and Dutch initiatives and practices are shown. An extract on the design research VenhoevenCS has conducted commissioned by Atelier Stad can be read on page 14-15. In 2015 the Ministry will cooperate with cities, enterprises and knowledge partners in order to explore the spatial effects of Smart City developments in the long run and to investigate the preconditions for Smart City developments. Smart Cities is the central theme of the Innovation relay that will take place during the Dutch EU Presidency in 2016.