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An integral approach inspires trust with the client

We started Parking as a component of Ballast Nedam ten years ago. This business line designs and realises parking garages for cars and bikes. We work in a niche market, where we distinguish ourselves with innovative concepts and our pragmatic approach. Last but not least, our integral approach is unique: the structural and the functional design are both developed within Ballast Nedam Parking.

This integral approach is efficient and reduces complexity, leading to well-aligned designs. The approach also offers a great price-quality ratio, which clients appreciate. Since we offer the complete package, contract and price agreements are also clear.

Creativity and collaboration are crucial

The PMC business unit offers skills beyond the usual. Creativity and collaboration are our key qualities. Thom Hienekamp, Director PMC Specialties, explains this with five examples:

  • The employee is the expert. He or she indicates what is needed to achieve optimal results.
  • We encourage our people to give their input. We are a bottom-up organisation.
  • Our people do what they do best. This way they perform better and enjoy their work more.
  • Understanding is important. Success starts with understanding the assignment and each other. We put conscious effort into managing expectations, both internally and with stakeholders.
  • Creativity is crucial, even if the goal is functional. People often think of creativity as aesthetics, but within Parking we use creativity to make the project as user-friendly as possible.

Clients’ needs

A garage serves different kinds of users (such as residents, visitors and travellers), who all have their own needs and usage patterns. We study these groups thoroughly using in-house expertise and tools, from the orientation on the project until after delivery. If needed, we use expertise from the three pillars of PMC, all comprised in this business unit.

Innovative: ModuPark offers a solution for temporary demand

The Parking business line works on above and underground parking structures in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany. Above ground there are two options: permanent and temporary. We all know the permanent parking building, which can reach up to x storeys. ModuPark, our temporary parking solution, is an innovative product that we are very proud of at Ballast Nedam. ModuPark lets clients create large amounts of parking space when needed for a temporary period (up to 5 years), and remove it easily when the demand is gone.

Minimal environmental impact rewarded with an 8⁺

Katwijk aan Zee features a great example of the challenges that building an underground parking garage can bring. Construction took place during summertime ‘in the heat of battle’, taking into account the tourists, hotels, shops, restaurant owners and visitors, residents and passers-by. Hienekamp: ‘These stakeholders rewarded us with an 8⁺ on average, and that says something! Building in this busy area was a big challenge. We took the lessons learned to heart when we started the Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen project, near the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.’

“Strike up a conversation, that way you can solve things. Communication is key, always.”

Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen: construction in a hectic environment

We are realising a bike parking space for over almost 2,000 bicycles underneath one of the busiest squares in the Netherlands. The Parking team has to take many mobility types into account: trams, busses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians. The situation is complicated further by many visitors who are unfamiliar with the situation.

Hienekamp thinks the project shows how Parking can increase the accessibility and the value of the Leidseplein as a whole, even with minimal space to work. The project is characterised by collaboration with our client and partners, and great communication with all parties involved, like a hospitality entrepreneur whose facade is only 2.5 metres from the construction site. At moments like these, the knowledge of Ballast Nedam is priceless. Our expertise allows us to complete construction (to date) without damage and with minimal inconvenience.

PMC Specialties: specialised work, clever organisation

The Parking expertise is part of the business unit PMC Specialties. This business unit specialises in the development, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, waterworks and parking structures. We employ 110 experts in their field, who are uniquely skilled in managing projects. We can create tailored teams that keep control over a project from start to finish.

Continuously improving collaboration

Hienekamp: ‘Every project begins with a ‘start-up’, a full day to define the way we will interact with each other. We take this very seriously, with the guidance of an external expert and together with the client. We have a follow-up every six months. This way, we continuously improve our collaborations, because that defines Ballast Nedam: breaking new ground together, with the emphasis on together.’

High-end design in minimal space

Directly next to the Leidseplein, construction is underway for a bicycle parking space for almost 2,000 bicycles. The tiny construction area is surrounded by hospitality venues (including crowded terraces), a cinema, a canal and a high-traffic tram track. You could say it is an operational environment! All the workers take public transport, because there is no place to park vans. We collect building materials outside the city. To minimise the inconvenience, we use a special construction method, installing walls and ceiling first, followed by digging underneath. This way, the area above ground is available for use during construction.

Photography: Gemeente Amsterdam, photographer Richard Mouw


Thom Hienekamp Director Ballast Nedam PMC Specialties

I became Director at Ballast Nedam PMC Specialties in January 2018. We work in accordance with the LEAN-methodology and believe strongly in the principles of the learning organisation and serving leadership: the reversed management pyramid. The employee has a central role. We ask: ‘What do you need to do your job in the best way possible?’