The highly-pressurised Groningen housing market has finally got some welcome relief, with the opening of a new location on the site of the old Woldring furniture factory
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the GIC, Wethouder Roeland van der Schaaf officially opened the new building last week. The 435 apartments are described as ‘luxe and comfortable’ by Woldring themselves, and the huge new building is soon to also be home to shops, offices, a fitness center, and more.
The apartments themselves are between 30 Square Metres and 50 Square Metres (some may be a little larger depending on layout), and most have either one or two bedrooms. They have been fitted with brand new kitchens, with inbuilt appliances including an induction hob and combi oven.
Woldring is keen to emphasise that the building is fully isolated, and uses ‘significantly less’ energy. Prices are keen for the city, with the cheapest rent around 650 Euros per month, and the most expensive around 995 Euros. The developer has also noted that other services will cost 85 Euros per month.
Cleverly, the company has kept some space in the building for itself. Whilst some of it will be used to house the Woldring offices, the company made its name making furniture, and handily for the 400-or so new renters, will have a furniture showroom on the ground floor!
This is the largest project that Woldring have been involved with thus far, however it is part of a wider trend for ‘build to rent’ properties. Housing corporations have been using this model for years, and are also expanding, with Lefier having tens of building projects in the works, including the 65-metre Polaris tower. At the top of the Bedumerweg, Nijestee are building the striking Helix tower, amongst others, whilst Leeuwarden is shortly to gain from the opening of Markt058 in the old Aegon building.