VORM has bought the margarine factory on the Nassaukade in Rotterdam with the ambition to realize a large-scale, inner-city redevelopment in the coming years. The existing factory is making way for a diverse program with the ambition to realize approximately 1200 homes, of which at least 50% is affordable housing. A place where the rich history of food production is brought back in a contemporary way in the new city district.
The current owner announced in early 2021 that he would leave the production location. Where the factory site is currently not publicly accessible, the Rotterdam developer has the plan to make the area public: “We will be working here on a new hotspot in Rotterdam”, says Ester Vrij, Regional Manager for acquisitions at VORM. “Everyone will soon be able to enjoy this beautiful place on the water”.
The factory on the Nassaukade, at the head of the Feijenoord district, covers an area of approximately 24,000 m2. Due to its prominent location on the Nieuwe Maas, the industrial area has the potential to develop into a new iconic city district. It is one of the last large-scale development locations in Rotterdam. VORM sees opportunities to give this place a new future together with the municipality of Rotterdam, with the addition of a new, sustainable and future-proof living and working program. The final layout and programming will be determined in consultation with the municipality.
“We were informed at the beginning of March that this production location in Rotterdam was going to close,” says Marc Vriens, Development Manager at VORM. “Over the past few months, we have worked hard together with Mecanoo Architects on a plan for the realization of a new development at this location. At the end of September, the seller selected VORM as the winner of the tender.”