Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is a redevelopment of the Leidsenhage shopping centre located in Leidschendam-Voorburg in the Netherlands.
It is set to become the largest mall in the country following the renovation.
The Leidsenhage shopping centre was opened in 1974 and witnessed its first renovation in 1998. The current redevelopment project is being undertaken by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield with an estimated investment of approximately €570m ($644m).
Construction on the redevelopment project began in 2016 and is set to be completed in 2020.
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is located in the Randstad area in Leidschendam-Voorburg. Randstad is known as the economic hub of the country.
The site is located within a distance of 5km from The Hague and in close proximity to Amsterdam and Utrecht. It can be accessed via three highways and three tram lines.
The upgraded shopping centre will span across 3,000m² with 117,000m² of floor space, featuring 280 stores. The mall will have 40,000m² of newly constructed area.
The design for the Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is inspired by a silk shawl. It connects formerly scattered buildings with a facade that resembles a shawl draped over a body.
The closed areas of the facade feature wooden panelling and a green wall to enhance the views of the interior.
The Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is designed to have windows that are twice as high to attractively display items. The materials used for the facades are unique to each building and designed to complement the outlook of the brand.
The shopping areas consist of streets designed in the shape of the number eight, in order to guide shoppers through the different zones of the mall. The Central Plaza of the mall links the different wings of the shopping centre.
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands aims to achieve BREAAM sustainability certificate by adopting sustainable methods. The roof of the mall is designed to provide energy savings with a goal to achieve 20% total energy savings.
The centre has also incorporated birdhouses, a bat box, and a bee hotel.
A food market called ‘FRESH!’ occupies 2,500m² area of the mall. The already open market includes 34 outlets and suppliers such as Albert Heijn XL and Jumbo Foodmarkt.
Major tenants at the mall will include brands such as Zara occupying 3,656m² and Bershka occupying 1,024m², while Pull&Bear and Stradivarius will respectively occupy 874m² and 887m².
The mall will also feature The Gallery, which will include boutique stores spanning across an area of 3,000m².
The Dining Plaza located on the first level will comprise ten restaurants and seven kiosks, as well as provide direct access to a ten-screen cinema.
The mall will include five parking areas featuring 4,000 free car parking spaces, along with space for 1,500 bicycles.
MVSA Architects designed the mall while DVP (Diepenhorst de Vos and Partners) is the project manager.
Demolition contractor Vlasman performed the demolition works while Otis was contracted for the installation of vertical transportation.
Energy Technology was contracted for electrical installations, and Roodenburg was contracted for mechanical installation.
Trigion installed the sprinklers while Hoogendoorn was contracted for sanitary installation.
Buko was contracted for construction logistics, C2N is the BREEAM-NL assessor and Ballast Nedam was responsible for the shell construction.
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