State-of-the-art building on the campus of Wageningen University and Research

Food group Unilever is having a Global Foods Innovation Centre constructed on the campus of Wageningen University and Research. A new, state-of-the-art facility for healthier and sustainable food innovations. The building with high BREEAM ambitions meets the conditions of the circular economy and is expected to open its doors mid-2019.

Unilever chose construction firm Dura Vermeer and Paul de Ruiter for the development and realisation of this building. DWA is responsible for the design of the building services engineering and sustainability (BREEAM) and commissioning. Consultancy and engineering firm Arcadis will take on the role of project management.

Transparent design and strategic location

The transparent design and strategic location of the building on the campus ensure optimal interaction between Unilever and the external parties within the Foods Ecosystem in Wageningen. Researchers and students from Wageningen University and Research (WUR), start-ups, knowledge centres and consumers all come together here to work sustainably on innovations in the food industry.

The Global Foods Innovation Centre comprising 18,000 m2 consists of a Pilot Plant, a Food & Customer Experience and two floors with offices and laboratories. The building has parking facilities underneath the entire building, which is accessible to employees of both Unilever and the University of Wageningen and Research.

Sustainable and inspiring

The Global Foods Innovation Centre aspires on completion to meet the high BREEAM standards and circular economy principles. The Global Foods Innovation Centre contributes to the health and well-being of the users through various innovative technology and a refined layout that stimulates movement and encounters.

“Given the high ambitions in the field of innovation and sustainability, this is a project that suits DWA down to the ground. We look forward to creating a building, together with the other construction partners, which the users are happy to use and where they can perform optimally”, says Arie Huisman, Managing Partner of DWA.

Case study Global Foods Innovation Centre