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AREA78 press release



Bolidt Innovation Centre reaches highest point

World of synthetic applications converges in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht.

Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, 2 May 2018 – The Innovation Centre of Bolidt, specialist in synthetic applications, has reached its highest point of construction right on schedule. Contractors De Vries en Verburg Bouw B.V. from Stolwijk placed a structure for technical installations at a height of exactly 15 metres. The next building phase will involve the installation of cladding on the exterior of the centre.

Even for an experienced contracting firm like De Vries en Verburg Bouw B.V., a partner of Bolidt, the construction of the Innovation Centre is a challenging project. “The main structural challenge for the parties involved is to ensure the stability of all structural components during the building phase,” says Bernhard van Houwelingen, project manager at De Vries en Verburg Bouw. “Whereas all components will be connected in the end, we are currently still relying on temporary auxiliary and supporting structures to keep the building stable.”

In total, the project will require no less than 11,000 man-hours, 7 kilometres of piles, 1,400 m3 of concrete slurry and 525 tonnes of steel.

“Transparency is an important feature in Bolidt’s Innovation Centre,” says Mischa Andjelic, project manager at engineering firm IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs. “That is why we are using as few columns as possible and a lot of glass to create a sense of openness throughout. The building also has numerous cantilevered overhangs, so it takes quite a bit of calculation to ensure that all structures have sufficient load capacity.”

Three functions in one building
The building is packed with moments and places that allow visitors to become part of Bolidt’s chemistry. It breathes the constant drive for innovation and experience. What makes it so challenging is that the building has three functions: a modern warehouse, a production facility for prefab materials and an innovation centre. And all of these functions have a common purpose, which is to immerse visitors in the world of synthetics and to show them Bolidt’s unique character. Safety, technology, practical use and aesthetics are thus all brought together in this building.

New insights and experiences flow into Bolidt Campus
Bolidt’s synthetic applications are installed throughout the world. The Innovation Centre brings the world to Bolidt. Visitors from around the world are taken by boat from the Erasmus Bridge – with its Bolidt surface course – along the World Heritage-listed windmills of Kinderdijk to Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht. In the centre they will be immersed in the world of synthetic applications where they will be able to see, feel and experience first-hand the endless possibilities of synthetics.

From the Innovation Centre, visitors can look over the shoulders of Bolidt employees at work on the most amazing projects across the globe – from the installation of flooring in renowned museums to marine decking on cruise ships or surface courses on bridges. Visitors will experience what Bolidt stands for down to a molecular level and see, for instance, how Bolidt’s antimicrobial flooring eliminates bacteria in hospitals. In an open laboratory, visitors are shown the endless possibilities, which they can then test and experience for themselves.

With the Innovation Centre, Bolidt wants to offer local government, educational institutions and businesses a place for knowledge sharing, with a focus on forming collaborations to generate innovations or to roll out commercial activities internationally. The construction developments led by Bolidt go hand in hand with developments in its immediate vicinity. Together, these developments go under the name of AREA78, by analogy with AREA51 in the Nevada desert, which produced much-talked-about projects that were typically shrouded in secrecy. Not only does the world flow into AREA78, new applications and ideas also flow from there into the world.

The Innovation Centre from Bolidt is designed by a consortium of architects including Lüchinger Architects, RoosRos Architects and Kossmann.dejong. The centre is expected to open early 2019.

About the Bolidt Group
Bolidt, a Dutch family business, is a specialist in the field of thermosetting synthetics and has been developing, producing, selling and installing synthetic applications since it was founded in 1964. At the beginning of the seventies and eighties, Bolidt was mainly known for industrial bonding applications, for instance, in Rotterdam’s Euromast, and for concrete repairs on Dutch lighthouses. Despite being best known in the Dutch market for its high-quality cast flooring, Bolidt has been working around the world on international projects for over 50 years. Examples include the London Science Museum where a special design floor was created in cooperation with Zaha Hadid Architects, the Ferrari racetrack aboard a cruise ship where a non-skid surface course was installed, the Olympic swimming pool in Beijing, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship featuring 20,000 m2 of Bolidt decking, which is walked on by millions of feet every year. Under the motto ‘everything under one roof’, the development and production of the synthetic systems always take place in-house, at Bolidt’s headquarters in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht.

The Bolidt Group consists of three companies: Bolidt replaces traditional materials with high-quality synthetic systems. Bolidt has a long history when it comes to generating innovations. Think, for example, of the replacement of traditional gravel athletics tracks with synthetic athletics tracks, the replacement of asphalt on bridges with synthetic surface courses, the replacement of wood on cruise ships with synthetic decking, the preservation of steel and the repair of concrete. Ode aan de Vloer was founded in 2004 in response to the rise in consumer demand for industrial flooring in residential properties. Esthec’s products include high-quality prefab decking for superyachts and terrace material for luxury resorts and villas. The Bolidt Group employs over 250 highly skilled staff including mechanical engineers, chemical engineers and industrial designers. The company is characterised by its close working relationships with architects, installation specialists and consulting engineers. More information is available on


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