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Staatssecretaris Vivianne Heijnen onder de indruk van circulaire initiatieven


State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen was very impressed during a tour of prefab cells from the temporary courthouse in Amsterdam and enormous plates from the provincial government building in Arnhem. “To realise that this is really going to get a second life is very extraordinary”, as State Secretary Heijnen of Infrastructure and Water Management said after her acquaintance with Lagemaat, cepezedprojects and cepezed.

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Heijnen paid a work visit to winners of the Circular Awards 2022 last Monday. Menno Rubbens, cepezedprojects director and Circular Hero 2022, welcomed the state secretary at Lagemaat in Heerde. Menno Rubbens presented three circular projects where cepezed, cepezedprojects and Lagemaat work together: The relocation of the remountable Temporary Court Amsterdam to Enschede (with temporary storage in Heerde), the relocating of the Zuiderstrandtheater from Scheveningen to Oss, and turning reclaimed materials from the former provincial government building in Arnhem into a new circular center for Lagemaat in Heerde. Heijnen was also immediately updated on the developments in the area of low-nitrogen construction. cepezed, cepezedprojects and Du Prie Bouw & Ontwikkeling are pioneering this with the project PI Scheveningen, which is right next to a Natura-2000 area.

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Together with Alkin Kemperman (managing director Janssen de Jong Bouw, winner of the Circular Award) and Gerd-Jan Jongerman (director Lagemaat), Menno Rubbens talked to the State Secretary. Her portfolio includes circular economy and she witnessed first-hand how this works out in practice. The very interested Heijnen took this opportunity to ask these pioneers about the challenges they face. “The government should not be an obstacle”, she underlined.

For example, Rubbens indicated that we -the government and the market- need to increase the adaptive capacity of buildings so that they become easier to reuse. This would also ensure that it becomes cheaper to reclaim materials from buildings, or to remount buildings. "Labour is now much more expensive than materials," says Jongerman. At the same time, Jongerman and Rubbens welcome the initiative of Heijnen, who made a larger subsidy available for making construction equipment more sustainable.

In the short video below, State Secretary Heijnen, Menno Rubbens and Gerd-Jan Jongerman talk about the working visit in Heerde.