The Hengelo municipal offices are back in the city centre. Together with the adjacent, grand city hall that has defined Hengelo’s skyline since 1963, it is now one building for all of the city’s inhabitants. It has become a feature building for Hengelo. A link between old and new with many references to the past. Hengelo’s steel technique, the half-timbered farmhouses, the salt ‘towers’ and the natural materials from the region, such as wood and brick, are all reflected in the design.
There is a basement car park with 67 parking places for employees underneath the new municipal offices. When you drive up, the entrance to the car park is your first introduction to the building. A Xentry 3TP Speedgate coated with brown-beige plating incorporating an image of a salt tower forms a single entity with the façade. As soon as a vehicle is recognised, the traffic light changes to green and the Speedgate is opened quickly and silently. The employee can then drive on into the modern car park. Exactly as the architect envisaged.
The EGM firm of architects designed the new-build section while HVE Architecten were responsible for the restoration of the existing city hall. Hengelo Municipal Offices Building Consortium (bouwcombinatie Stadskantoor Hengelo), a joint venture of Van Wijnen and Trebbe, constructed the final building. We were requested via our local partner, Voskamp Deurtechniek to come up with an aesthetically pleasing and appropriate design for a safe entrance to the basement car park. In collaboration with our engineers, we finalised a design that fitted perfectly into the façade’s profile. Right down to the smallest of details. For example, the operating panel is neatly tucked away behind the façade and the Speedgate’s finish and quality are of the very highest standard. We also implemented an intelligent detection system that recognises whether or not a vehicle is authorised to access the car park. This keeps the car park accessible for employees but not for those without authorisation.
The new municipal offices, complete with Speedgate, were handed over at the beginning of February and both employees and visitors are really enthusiastic about the final overall look that has become a wonderful reflection of their city.