Westerwal new-build plan enriches Groningen Zeehelden neighbourhood

On the bank of the Hoendiep canal and just a short walk or cycle ride from Groningen city centre, Van Omme & De Groot Project Developers and Builders have developed 171 mid-segment rental homes for Vesteda in the energy-neutral Westerwal neighbourhood. This new-build project also includes 22 owner-occupier homes. Vesteda has now started the letting of the apartments.

Milestones passed

On 11 March, the people directly involved from Westerwal will come together to consider – and celebrate - the milestones this project has now passed. This was not possible any earlier due to the pandemic. In anticipation of the definitive delivery in the spring of this year, alderman Roeland van der Schaaf from the Groningen city council and Vesteda’s Chief Investment Officer, Pieter Knauff, unveiled one of the artworks above the entrance to the apartment building. This and the other artworks have been produced by Dutch sculptor Gert Sennema.

Westerwal new-build plan

Westerwal is located in the area between Van Heemskerckstraat and Admiraal de Ruyterlaan in de popular Zeehelden neighbourhood of Groningen. In addition to the 171 rental apartments, the construction of which started in March 2020, the project also includes 22 owner-occupier homes. The owner-occupier homes have now been sold and delivered to their new owners. Vesteda will take delivery of the apartments from Friso Bouwgroep on a turnkey basis this spring.

Need for mid-segment rental homes

Groningen is faced with a severe shortage of apartments and the city’s middle-income residents are putting pressure on the liberalised rental sector. They do not qualify for social rental homes and are opting more and more frequently for mid-segment rental homes. This makes the 171 apartments in Westerwal a valuable addition to the housing supply in the city of Groningen.