December 2014 The agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun realizes a new innovation centre, the Cosun Food Technology Centre (CFTC). This new building will soon deliver an optimal contribution to the development of new products and applications based on vegetable raw materials and to optimize production processes. The CFTC becomes an inspiring place with chemical, biological and physical laboratories, kitchens and bakeries, a large pilot hall and a sensory test section with booths, but also a restaurant and activity-related offices. The building will be realized next to the Suiker Unie factory in Dinteloord and is initially 6,000m² large.
In recent months, Ector Hoogstad Architecten worked with Hurks, Imtech and Arcadis on the design for this new innovation centre, in competition with three other consortia. The plan was discussed in three rounds of dialogue with the client and future users. The commission of our consortium involves the design, construction and maintenance for the next 15 years. EHA makes the landscape design, building design and interior design. The planning is ambitious: start of construction is planned for the spring of 2015 and commissioning in April 2016.
The innovation centre is the place where employees collaborate in a perfect environment on the development of new products and processes. At the same time, the building will be a ‘business card’ of the cooperative. The building shows where Royal Cosun stands for: the connection of nature, technology and science into an integral process of great economic and social value: beets are bling, according to the University of Wageningen. The design is both rational, smart, sustainable, practical and very flexible; but also warm, friendly and inviting. The building will have a distinctive and recognizable shape searching for a connection to the landscape, materialized with partly "earthly" materials and partly with "high-tech" materials such as metal and glass - a homage to the base, the transformation of the organic to crystal.