Press release | Zaandam, 28 march 2019

De Zaanse Helden embraced by Zaanstad!
Anterior agreement signed

On Thursday, March 28, councillors Hans Krieger and Songül Mutluer signed a symbolic anterior agreement on behalf of the municipality of Zaanstad for the ambitious project De Zaanse Helden along with the development combination of Impact Vastgoed (Marco Praagman and Philip van der Ent, managing directors) / Stebru (Robert Steenbrugge, director). The signing of the anterior agreement marks the official start of work for the redevelopment of the former Vrodest location - close to the Zaandam train station - into a varied housing programme: De Zaanse Helden. Construction is expected to start in 2020.

Robert Steenbrugge, director of Stebru: "We are proud of the efforts of the entire team and that we have managed to make a plan that combines a high level of quality and sustainability with affordable living, for everyone."

Philip van der Ent, commercial director of Impact Vastgoed: "By signing the anterior agreement, an important step has been made to give "De Zaanse Helden" a face; a development which brings together greenery and urban density on a historic site, and where the ambitions of the Municipality, Stebru & Impact Vastgoed have led to a wonderful plan.

De Zaanse Helden
De Zaanse Helden consist of several apartment buildings, a parking garage and a rooftop garden. About 600 homes will be realised in the plan, varying in type and size, and divided into: for rent, for purchase and social housing. Within De Zaanse Helden, both starters, residents dependent on social housing, seniors (care De Zorgcirkel within walking distance), social professional groups, as well as two-income households can find a suitable home.

The first 231 free sector rentals, divided into three apartment buildings in the plan, have been purchased by Altera Vastgoed. The remaining residences will be sold partly to an investor, partly to a housing company and partly to private individuals.

Sustainability is an important focus of the project. The climate-adaptive roof garden is placed as a nature-inclusive space, which will offer space for a wide range of plants and animals. All houses will be gas-free and equipped with a sustainable WKO system. The insulation and air density of the building envelope of the houses are, compared to the building decree, substantially further isolated, completely filling the roofs with PV panels. With these measures, Impact / Stebru give substance to "De Zaanse Energy Agenda" and realise sustainable, gas-free rental properties on a large scale.

In the city, amongst the green
Each residential tower in the plan will have the name of one of the disappeared mills in the area. The only wood sawmill still in its original place, the Held Jozua, has bought the development combination. The Held Jozua is involved in the plan through a bridge connection over the Houtveldweg. “We want to make the city more attractive, and that is exactly how we look at new projects. They really need to add something when it comes to facilities and the layout of the public space. De Zaanse Helden are part of Zaans Hout, a neighbourhood that combines the best of both worlds. You can enjoy it while your head is in the city and your feet are in the greenery," says councillor Krieger.