De Batouwe in Tiel (The Netherlands), an outdated retirement home, was planned to be pulled down to make way for new construction. The owner, housing corporation Thius, eventually decided to give the building a second life. The building was stripped down to the concrete structure, and then dressed again according to the latest requirements in terms of sustainability and comfort. Rockpanel Stones facade cladding is the icing on the cake of this impressive renovation.
De Batouwe was built in 1973 and extended in 1988. The facility for sheltered housing offered their elderly tenants independent living space in combination with communal facilities for safety, service, care, well-being and relaxation. However, the 134 housing units were outdated and far from sustainable. In 2010 it was decided that the flat had to make way for new construction. “However, in 2016, that decision was reversed. A study showed that the demand for social rental housing would increase sharply. The plans for the demolition were changed to a thorough renovation," says Wim van Vreeswijk, deputy director at construction company De Vree en Sliepen.
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