FrieslandCampina is to build a new Research & Development Centre on the campus of Wageningen UR (University & Research Centre)

7 October 2010

The global dairy company, Royal FrieslandCampina, is to build a new Research & Development Centre on the campus of Wageningen UR (University & Research Centre). The Centre will be a completely new building with research facilities, laboratories, pilot plant and offices. The plan is to occupy the new FrieslandCampina Research & Development Centre in the second half of 2012.

It had already been announced in May 2010 that FrieslandCampina planned to concentrate most of its Research & Development operations in the Netherlands in Wageningen, making Wageningen FrieslandCampina’s global knowledge and innovation centre. Ultimately, just over 350 people will be employed at FrieslandCampina in Wageningen. They will collaborate with local research centres and marketing departments in various markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and America (ingredients).

Knowledge and inspiration
Cees ’t Hart, Royal FrieslandCampina’s CEO: “Innovation is an essential element of our route2020 strategy. Achieving breakthrough innovations in consumer products, ingredients and processes is vital to help consumers and customers further and to better valorise the milk of our members. Milk offers unparalleled opportunities. To genuinely innovate, we need an R&D centre where we can develop and share our knowledge, a building that inspires our people and which offers state-of-the-art facilities. That’s why we’ve opted for a new and inspirational building in Wageningen, in the heart of Food Valley, the international food knowledge centre. Wageningen will be our R&D hub.”

Smell, taste, feel
The new building will be constructed at the southern end of the Wageningen University & Research campus, covering an area of around 15,000 m2. The building will offer 3,300 m2 in laboratory space, a pilot plant of 1,800 m2, a test bakery and space for general and technical support plus 5.000 m² office space. The new centre will also house the Experience Centre, where products can be tasted, smelled and touched. ‘All the goodness of milk’ should be reflected throughout the building.

Sustainability plays an important role in the development of the new building. For example, there will be a heat exchanger and the possibility of generating solar energy using solar panels will be investigated.

It was decided to build in Wageningen following a period of intensive discussions between FrieslandCampina, Wageningen University & Research Centre, the Municipality of Wageningen, Participatiemaatschappij Oost Nederland NV and the Province of Gelderland. FrieslandCampina will lease the building once it is finished and will invest approximately 16 million euros in equipping and furnishing the new R&D centre.

Hurks Vastgoedontwikkeling B.V. from Eindhoven will develop the new building. Van den Oever, Zaaijer & Partners is the architect and Fokkema & Partners will design the interior. Both architectural consultancies were also responsible for designing and fitting the FrieslandCampina Central Office in Amersfoort.