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Geplaatst op: 21 July 2022

It was 8 years ago this week that plane MH17 crashed, killing all 298 people on board. It is still an immeasurable loss for thousands of surviving relatives. The Stichting Nationaal Monument MH17 wanted to give a place to these feelings – an ambition that has been realised thanks to the efforts of many. Pelecon had the honour of making the structural calculation of the memorial.

The MH17 National Monument is a special landscape object that aims to keep the memory of the 298 victims alive. In the park-like oasis, 298 trees have been planted in a green ribbon in memory of the victims; one for each victim. A place that binds together and serves as an oasis of reflection, comfort and hope. Surrounded by a wreath of sunflowers, with an intimate amphitheatre and an impressive memorial.

Would you like to know more about the monument or visit it? On the website of the Monument you will find more information.

Geplaatst op: 23 June 2022

The process of renovating the Noordam cultural center in Amstelveen started with sky-high ambitions; columns had to go, the skylight became a diamond-shaped museum construction and the stage tower had to be of the Carré caliber. Obviously a challenge for us as engineers, but during the consultation with the client (the municipality of Amstelveen) it soon became clear that we had to be more careful with the available budget. And that usually means choosing. Fortunately, the architect was also convinced, so that we could focus all our attention on the new building. With reference to the old school that once stood on that site, two pointed roofs emerged from the design, with a facade that would open further and further. Large spans and little space for construction.

We have indicated the options with a number of sketches. And the solution always is: if it becomes constructively difficult; then turn the span direction. In this way we were able to absorb a lot with a few heavy constructions, including stability. And the facade could be constructed very finely against the existing theater with very slender steel portals. A lot still had to be done for the new sustainable technology (heat pumps, etc.), but no visitor will see that construction in the design. That is indeed the invisible force.

More than just constructive advise for a distribution center, office or home

Geplaatst op: 25 May 2021

WE OFTEN SAY THAT WE ARE A CONSULTANCY FOR STRUCTURAL CONSTRUCTIONS. BUT WE DON’T OFTEN SAY THAT WE LIKE TO TACKLE CHALLENGING, UNIQUE PROJECTS.

Take, for example, the assignment we carried out for a wind pump on the Halvergate Marshes in the detached parish of Freethorpe in The Broads in the English county of Norfolk. We have calculated and signed for the restoration of this mill.

And the Narrenmuhle (mill) in Viersen (state of Nordrhein – Westfalen). The standard was very poor, this was reason for the owner of the city of Viersen to have structural and building-historical research carried out and eventually to restore the mill. Pelecon has made a control calculation of the existing construction and has given advice / made a calculation for the installation of a new staircase.

For both assignments, ‘EAG Monuments’ was our client.

Curious about even more unique work by Pelecon? Then go to www.pelecon.nl/projects.

Photo credits: Erfgoed Advies Groen

Freement; an application that contributes to a sustainable building

Geplaatst op: 20 October 2020

THE FOUNDATION, OR FOUNDATION OF A BUILDING, ENSURES THAT THE WEIGHT OF THE BUILDING IS TRANSFERRED TO THE LOADING SUBSTRATE AND / OR POSTS. AT PELECON WE ADVISE PROJECT DEVELOPERS, ARCHITECTS AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ON THE APPLICATION OF CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS, among other things. IN WHICH WE LATTY RECOMMEND THE SUSTAINABLE FOUNDATION, ALSO “FREEMENT”, MORE OFTEN. BUT WHAT IS THAT FREEMENT CONCRETE ACTUALLY?

After water, concrete is the most used product in the world and is made up of the raw materials gravel, sand and cement. A great product, but almost 9 percent of global CO2 emissions originate from concrete. Freement has been developed to reduce this figure. Freement is a circular concrete mortar where recycled cement is used. This is extracted from concrete rubble from demolition buildings.

RECYCLING CONCRETE

Recycling of concrete has been going on for as long as concrete has been used. In the form of rubble granulate, this product serves as a substrate for road construction, among other things. This residual flow is seen as a low-value residual product. Unlike traditional coarse concrete crushers, the Smart Liberator subtly rubs and turns cement stone from concrete debris and “liberates” it into reusable cement. This makes the original components reusable, so that the cement part in particular can again serve as a high-quality product. By re-adding gravel and sand, the correct dosage is again created and ultimately the recycled concrete: “Freement”. The worldwide application of the circular Freement results in up to nine percent less CO2 emissions. And it fully fits in with the ever-increasing desire to build as sustainably as possible.

PELECON APPLIES FREEMENT IN ADVICE

Pelecon was the first in the Netherlands to use this type of concrete in the construction design of a building foundation. We are very enthusiastic about this type of concrete and will therefore always include it in our advice as a potential sustainability solution. But it does not stop there, we generally continue to look for smart solutions to make the buildings for which we constructively calculate increasingly sustainable. After all, we never sit still!

Unique building for City Cinema in Roosendaal under construction

Geplaatst op: 16 June 2020

A new City Cinema is being built in the center of Roosendaal for C-Cinemas. This film temple contains six screens of different sizes. Three rooms are located on the first floor level, partly above the outside area and partly above the grand café and kitchen. Two penthouses with roof terrace will be realized on the complex. For the energy supplies, the roofs are used to install solar panels.

The building is constructed from a hollow wall system in combination with hollow core slabs. Where walls could not be used, a steel construction has been designed. That’s exactly where Pelecon can make a difference. Together with Mies Architectuur we made the plan drawings and a model for the overall construction.

Even now that construction is still in full swing, we are involved with the Pelecon constructors in the correct execution of the supplier’s parts. This unique building on the Nieuwstraat will be completed this year.