NEW INTEGRAL WORKING CONCEPT
The new accommodation, the various spaces and the interior need to encourage cooperation, interaction, innovation, vitality and diversity. This was the challenge posed to the architect and Gispen. Moreover, HUB50 was to be innovative and future-proof for three different groups: permanent occupants (such as the ICT department), temporary occupants (police officers and cooperation partners) and visitors (from fellow officers to national investigators and from citizens to chain partners). The new Integrated Working Concept (IWC) responds to all these requirements and has been fully utilised for HUB50.
In addition to the general requirements, the lookbook served as an important source of inspiration for the interior design. A common thread for the project was that furniture was to be reused wherever possible. 'A challenge that Gispen gladly took up through its Circular Hub,' according to Peter Vos, account manager at Gispen. 'The architect had also drawn in new furniture in the lookbook. We realised the architect’s vision by supplying Gispen KOLM, UT and TEAM tables as well as products from the HAY, Muuto, Vitra and Aestic collection; from armchairs to rugs and from lockers to lighting.'
Apart from the circular requirements, Gispen was faced with quite the logistical challenge. Where do we store the refurbished pieces of furniture? How do we deliver all the new furniture across six floors while ensuring everyone can continue working until the move? Peter: 'From early September, we stored the furniture in the basement of HUB50. After the building had been handed over on October 1st, we started the move floor by floor. On November 1st, all refurbished workstations and conference areas were ready for use, as was the new furniture for the innovation squares, team spots, entrance hall and restaurant. It was due to the effective teamwork with the police’s project group that we were able to complete the interior on time while everyone could continue working as usual.'
A POSITIVE RESPONSE
Leonie van Lieshout, police project manager: 'We are proud to have realised our new Integrated Working Concept. The implementation started in November and was carried out in phases. On January 1st, all 1,100 FTEs were working at the new HUB50, adopting the new working concept. The open and transparent building is accessible and meets the employees’ different needs. The conference rooms have been fully booked for months. The team spots are occupied by those who work on innovations. We have taken an important step in realising our integral working concept, which is thanks to our in-house project team and the effective cooperation between the architect, Gispen and all other involved parties. We can put our experiences to good use for future construction and renovation projects within the police. During the project, we consistently put a number of principles into practice. For example: 'what is possible today, will be completed today' and 'name challenges, obstacles and problems without pointing the finger at someone else'. Important lessons also include starting on time and keeping an open mind when steering, controlling, supervising and accounting for the design and development process, with all implementing parties acting as partners.'