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Kraaijvanger and Maxwan to design bicycle storage and square for Zwolle

3 October 2018

Boskalis and the Rotterdam bureaus Kraaijvanger Architects and Maxwan A + U have won the Design + Construct tender for a new station square and underground bicycle parking in Zwolle. On Wednesday morning 3 October, the collaborating parties unveiled the design.

Deputy Bert Boerman, alderman Ed Anker, Kees Rutten (regional director ProRail) and Pim Raaijmakers (acting regional director NS) marked the building boundaries of the underground bicycle shed on Wednesday 3 October. The Municipality of Zwolle will now construct the Kraaijvanger design for the underground bicycle parking for 5,475 bicycles under the Stationsplein with a financial contribution from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Province of Overijssel. The public space will also be redesigned according to Maxwan's design on Stationsplein and Stationsweg. The size of the underground bicycle parking can be compared with the surface of a football field. The designs were made on behalf of Boskalis. Construction will take place from spring 2019 until the end of 2020.

The construction project is part of the Development Perspective Station Area Zwolle in which the municipality of Zwolle, the province of Overijssel, ProRail and NS have described their joint ambition for the station area until 2025. Together with regional governments and NS, ProRail is improving bicycle parking facilities at stations through expansion, better use and renewal. NS will operate the new bicycle parking.

Light, safe and energy-efficient bicycle storage

Kraaijvanger designed the bicycle shed as an urban basement where a spacious set-up, overview and abundant light ensure optimum functionality, comfort and safety. Daylight and natural green areas with plants reach deep into the basement. Present lamp luminaires only light up when the outside is too dark. That saves a considerable amount of energy. The design is so cleverly set up that there are no dead-end corridors or obstacles. The columns are also positioned in such a way that no dark niches are created. 

Double parking capacity
Zwolle is bicycle city number 1 in the Netherlands. Zwolle wants to stimulate the use of the bicycle further. The construction of the new underground bicycle parking contributes to this. The new bicycle parking doubles the parking capacity for the bicycle on the center side of the station.
 
Public space
The plan for the Station Square was developed by Maxwan on the basis of a design by the municipality of Zwolle. Visitors can quickly and safely get to and from the station via the square. The spacious set-up, short routes and logical split between pedestrians, cyclists and cars ensure optimal traffic flow. The square will be completely redesigned: a mirror pond with skylights, green spaces with trees and sitting edges and atmospheric lighting will transform this entrance into the city into a pleasant place to stay. The three entrances to the bicycle shed merge into the design of the square and ensure a seamless connection between the outdoor area and the basement.

Fast growing public transport button
The Zwolle public transport hub, the second rail hub in the Netherlands, is one of the fastest growing public transport nodes in the Netherlands. In order to process the passenger flows in and around the station smoothly and safely, good transfer possibilities to and from the bicycle, train, bus and taxi / car are of great importance. That is why Zwolle is building a new bus station and a bus bridge, a passerelle that is accessible 24/7 - without a public transport chip card - for pedestrians and cyclists. The entrances on both sides of the station are also being improved.
 

Station square 2020 ready
Boskalis is the main contractor for the entire project and responsible for the execution. The new station square is expected to be completed in 2020.

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