14 July 2020
Commissioned by municipality of Amsterdam, together with main contractor van Hattum en Blankevoort, Strukton Immersion Projects takes part in the construction of the IJboulevard project. Strukton Immersion Projects will be responsible for transportation and installation of three concrete caissons, that will form the base of an entirely newly constructed bicycle parking facility.
Commissioned by municipality of Amsterdam, together with main contractor van Hattum en Blankevoort, Strukton Immersion Projects, takes part in the construction of the IJboulevard project. Strukton Immersion Projects will be responsible for transportation and installation of three concrete caissons, that will form the base of an entirely newly constructed bicycle parking facility. Last year, the engineering has started and within the coming months first building preparations will start. In the beginning of 2022, the concrete base of the bicycle parking facility, that will give room to no less than 4,000 bicycles, will be handed over to van Hattum en Blankevoort.
The number of train and bus passengers will increase significantly in the coming years. Large scale bicycle parking facilities pop up more and more in the larger cities of the Netherlands. Municipality of Amsterdam as well is looking for a solution for parking space for the growing number of bicycles in and around central station. This increasing demand for storage space, has resulted in the commissioning of an large scale underground bicycle parking facility.
The contract was awarded to the main contractor, Van Hattum en Blankevoort, at the end of April. Strukton Immersion Projects had already been in contact with van Hattum en Blankevoort long before and started working on the tender integrally. Strukton Immersion Projects brings the same technical manager to the project that worked on the Noord/Zuidlijn project. He brings in experience from the earlier project and worked closely with the Port of Amsterdam and the metro timetable.
The three concrete caissons will be prepared and built on land at a special location by the end of this year. From that location, during 6 days (24 hours a day), they will be launched in the water. The largest construction measures no less than 90 by 20 metres. The choice to transport by water was not made lightly. This way, both the city and the travellers experience as little inconvenience as possible from the transport. Once the concrete structures have arrived at the IJboulevard, they are installed and joined together, accurate to the millimeter.
Protection for collision
Part of the IJboulevard is a solution for protection against collision of ships that sail on the IJ. Strukton Immersion Projects will deliver this project beginning of 2022. The bicycle storage facility will be ready to be put in use by mid 2023.