Blaak Bicycle Parking Facility

Part of: Blaak Bicycle Parking Facility

Project information

Client: Gemeente Rotterdam
Location: Rotterdam
Activity: Infrastructure
Period: 01-2015 / 02-2016

In the heart of Rotterdam, right next to the Markthal, Mourik has built a bicycle parking facility for nearly 1,000 bicycles. The sunken position of the parking facility allows for an unencumbered view of the square, which was the municipality's wish at this top location. Its most eye-catching feature, which is visible above the surface of the square, is the 26-metre-long steel bridge connecting both sides of the parking facility. Hersbach Architecten made the design for the new parking facility.

A bird's-eye view of the bicycle parking facility

  • Parking space for 950 bicycles
  • Ten charging points for electric bicycles
  • Rental point for 20 public transportation bicycles and buggies
  • Three staircases, two of which are so-called ‘lazy’ staircases with channels for guiding the bike's wheels
  • Steel bridge connects the Markthal with Blaak public transport hub
  • Social safety by use of lighting: lamp posts, spots under the bridge and alongside walls and staircases
  • Trees in the parking facility and use of natural stone for an attractive look and feel
  • Porter's lodge for hostesses and hosts (during the daytime). These porters include people with poor chances on the labour market (social return)

 Strong in development

The ‘art’ of stakeholder management
What's special about this project is the location: one of the busiest points in Rotterdam. For this reason, communication with local residents and shopkeepers in the Markthal was given a great deal of attention. Mourik came up with a special look for the building site. Together with Rotterdam artist Saïd Kinos, fellow-artists and graffiti artists, the site fences were transformed into a giant work of art. Many people came out to the building site especially to see it. Also because of ideas like this, the construction was completed without a single complaint from stakeholders.

Early in 2015, Mourik started with the preparatory work, together with the architects. During the first quarter of 2015, cables and pipes were installed. This was no easy feat, with the presence of, for instance, (old) metro tubes in the area. The actual execution started three months later, with the highlight being the placing of the bridge, early November.  In January of 2016, the bicycle parking facility itself was finished and Mourik could start with the finishing work on the site. The opening ceremony was performed by alderman Pex Langenberg on 17 February 2016 and was attended by hundreds of people.

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