IJzergieterij Stork


State The Netherlands
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level Twente
District level (LAU1) Twente
Municipality (LAU2) Hengelo
Connection to traffic network Closeness to the A35 motorway

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • general localization (great localization close to the border with The Netherlands and Germany)
  • specific localization (centre of the city)
  • transport links (excellent connection to the A35 motorway, next to the Central Station Twente)
  • the size/extent of the brownfield area (one of the largest brownfields in the Netherlands)
  • attractiveness of the site and objects (unique industrial heritage)
  • place marketing (connection with the new avenue central to the area, large-scale transformation enabled redeveloped area to again became a functioning part of Hengelo)

Brief description of site and current use

A former foundry Stork was deserted around 80´s. The project started in 2003 with a shared responsibility for execution and preparation of the municipality of Hengelo and a private partner Van Wijnen Groep NV. Redevelopment of the formal foundry Stork was included in South Hearth project aimed to preserve an industrial heritage in a region Twente and also transforming the Central station Twente, establishing the WTC Twente and conference facilities.  The area of 50 ha belongs to the largest brownfields in the Netherlands. The formal industrial area is located in the centre of the city of Hengelo (approx. 80 thousands of inhabitants). The area has good connection to the A35 motorway as well as to the Central station Twente. The planning task was really complicated because the safety risks resulting from the heavy-industry past of the object. The first stage of the project started with large-scale demolition of most part of the building. The entire project of redevelopment the area was funded by Regionaal Opledingcentrum van twente (ROC) when was used a grand for an urban renewal (IPSV) by the Ministry of Environment. The total budget for the project was 3.200.000,- €. The concept of rebuilding a former factory into a community college was despite the complexity of the project successful and restructuring of the area provides new educational institute as well as a public area in form of the cathedral hall within the building.

Original use – basic description

Original use Industrial (foundry)
Area 50 ha
Type of site Industrial site

Current state – basic description

Current use School
% of built-up area Less than 10 %
State of Environment After complete decontamination
New use from 2008
Total costs 3.200.000,- €
Owner of site Regionaal Opleidingencentrum van Twente (ROC)

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Regionaal Opleidingencentrum van Twente (ROC) lwilke@rocvantwente.nl
Local public administration Manager of public affairs
Gerard Jilleba
Investors participating at redevelopment

Van Wijnen Groep NV

Projectbureau Hart van Zuid

Municipality of Hengelo twitter: @gemeentehengelo