Start of construction on Singelblok in Amsterdam North

On Wednesday, 2 November 2022, Vesteda and its partners celebrated the start of construction on Singelblok, with 401 rental homes in the new urban residential neighbourhood Elzenhagen Zuid in Amsterdam North. Developers Blauwhoed and AM, builder Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling, housing corporation Eigen Haard, residential investor and landlord Vesteda and the Amsterdam city council came together to toast this festive moment.

The Singelblok, a large apartment complex with two high towers, will soon rise on Elzenhagensingel in Elzenhagen Zuid. This new development is a response to the huge demand for mid-segment rental housing and care homes, among other things. The building’s plinth level will offer room for commercial business activities, which will add liveliness to the complex.

Pieter Knauff, chief investment officer at Vesteda: "In these uncertain and challenging times, it is good news for the city that the realisation of Singelblok has started. People will soon be able to live affordably, close to all the amenities and the nature of the rural area of Amsterdam North. With the North-South line around the corner, you can be in Amsterdam's city centre within 10 minutes."   

Bert Halm, board chairman at Eigen Haard, is very happy that construction has started: "It’s great that we are adding over 200 rental homes to the social and mid-segment in this easily accessible spot in Amsterdam."

Affordable rental homes

The project was developed by CZAN (Blauwhoed and AM development combine) on behalf of Eigen Haard and Vesteda. Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling is responsible for the construction of the project. Vesteda will soon rent out 171 liberalised sector and 14 mid-segment rental homes. Eigen Haard will rent 75 social rental homes and 75 mid-segment rental homes, 66 care homes (perMens) and three commercial spaces. The complex will also offer a total of 101 parking spaces. With its diverse range of affordable apartments, the Singelblok will offer homes for a large group of home seekers in Amsterdam.

Director of residential at Blauwhoed, Eltjo Bouwman: "The aim is to make Elzenhagen a neighbourhood for everyone. For young and old, single people and families. This is why we are developing different housing types in the social, mid-segment and liberalised rental sectors."

Focus on well-being

The homes will be built for the future and with a focus on well-being. For instance, the building will be equipped with a hybrid power plant (heating and cooling) provided by “West Poort Warmte” for the building and the neighbourhood. The building will also be equipped with solar panels and a water storage facility for rainwater. Catering establishments and a communal courtyard garden will encourage meetings between local residents. There will also be a community room, where residents of Elzenhagen Zuid can get together. A courtyard garden for Singelblok residents will be built on the roof of the car park.

The homes will be delivered to residents in mid-2025.