Amsterdam, 16 June 2016
Mosveld Shopping Centre in Amsterdam-Noord officially opened
On 16 June, the Mosveld convenience shopping centre in Amsterdam-Noord was officially opened. The new retail centre will form the heart of Amsterdam-Noord, and includes 7,000-sqm of retail and hospitality outlets, 53 private rental apartments, and 140 parking spaces. In attendance at the opening were Coby van Berkum, Chair of the Amsterdam-Noord district committee, Bouwinvest’s Collin Boelhouwer, and Françoise Dechesne from Multi Netherlands.
Mix of chains and independent businesses
Mosveld shopping centre is a comprehensive retail centre that will meet the day-to-day needs of residents in Volewijck, Buiksloterham and Overhoeks. It features a mix of chain stores and independent businesses, including Albert Heijn, Deen, Etos, Holland & Barrett (De Tuinen), Tuyp en zonen fishmongers, Kruidvat, Toko Tjin’s, Primera, De Bakkerszonen, Pearle, Febo, Ami Hairstyling, Papa John’s Pizza, Brow & Beauty Bar, Chitir Chicken, Brainwash Hairstyling, BENU pharmacy and Bloomies. Later in the year, the OBA Amsterdam Public Library will open a branch in the centre, based on a new hospitality concept. So far, almost all of the shopping centre has been let.
“Mosveld is not only a great investment in the local neighbourhood economy, but also in its social life. This is a perfect example of a shopping centre that offers much more than just shops. It has the potential to develop into the centre of the community, with homes above the shops, catering outlets and possibilities for other public amenities. This is also because of its position right at the heart of the existing neighbourhood, the square in front of the shops and the link to Van der Pekstraat with its retail offering, services and the street market that is so characteristic of Amsterdam-Noord,” says Françoise Dechesne, Director of Multi Netherlands.
The parties involved
The centre was developed by Multi Netherlands, and Bouwinvest then purchased the retail outlets and parking deck from Multi on behalf of the Bouwinvest Retail Fund. Amsterdam-based investment fund Stichting beleggingsfonds ROX owns the apartments, while the municipality of Amsterdam was responsible for planning the public area.
Tim van Veggel, partner at Stichting beleggingsfonds ROX: “As a family business, Van Veggel has a long-term vision that focuses on quality. The development of Mosveld is a good example of that. The attractive rental apartments are extremely welcome in the city, as shown by the high level of interest from potential tenants to date. We are proud of this great new addition to Amsterdam-Noord.”
The centre was designed by architectural bureau SeARCH, also based in Amsterdam-Noord. It consists of a convenience shopping centre with apartments above the shops, with private and communal gardens and a large parking deck. It features two attractive brick towers, each with a slight curve, which pay tribute to Amsterdam-Noord’s industrial heritage and accentuate the central square. The architectural style gives a subtle nod to the garden villages that typify Amsterdam-Noord. The brickwork, garden walls, entry gateway and height gradations ensure that the new shopping centre fits naturally within the existing urban environment.
The new shopping centre is perfectly aligned with the surrounding infrastructure. The parking deck, with 140 public parking spaces, is directly accessible from one of the most important access routes in Amsterdam-Noord. The shopping centre is within walking distance of the new ‘Noorderpark’ metro station on the North/South line and is just one stop away from Amsterdam Central Station.
Mosveld shopping centre will help ensure a sustainable future for the neighbourhood, providing jobs for local people and enhancing purchasing power. It will also enable new residents of Overhoeks and Buiksloterham to do their day-to-day shopping close to home.