Amsterdam, 17 October 2019 – Redevco Netherlands has completed the transformation of the former C&A building on the corner of Vredenburg and Sint-Jacobsstraat in Utrecht. After months of work, it is now possible to shop in the modernised store that covers more than 3,800 sqm (gross area) across three floors.
Kristof Restiau, Managing Director of Redevco Netherlands, said: “Together with Rijnboutt architects we have come up with a beautiful design for this unique building that has a high historical value. During the redevelopment, the facade was restored to its original state with a transparent, double-height, shop front and a remarkable canopy. In line with Redevco’s sustainability principles, various energy-saving solutions have also been installed in the building.”
The former department store was originally specifically developed for C&A and came about in two phases. The original building was completed in 1939 and was expanded in the 1960s. During this expansion, the facade on Vredenburg was modernised and adjusted. When C&A left the building in 2017, to move to the Hoog Catharijne shopping centre at Utrecht central station, Rijnboutt architects were asked to make a design that specifically addressed the sensitivities of being true to the original historical façade.
Contractor Barten Groep started working on the project in January 2019 and project management was done by WIJZIJNbouwmanagers BV.. During the renovation, Vredenburg Zalencentrum, a conference centre, which rents the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the building, temporarily vacated its premises.
In September this year, Vredenburg Zalencentrum reopened and on October 16th French retail chain Decathlon opened its doors. This is their second store in Utrecht.
Download the English press release: Redevco restores Vredenburg property in Utrecht
Download the Dutch press release: Redevco brengt historisch pand Vredenburg terug in oude glorie