Conversion of the entrance building of the DRU iron foundry in Ulft


Long before the industrial revolution began in the Netherlands, the production of iron and iron hardware had already been taking place in an area known as “de Achterhoek”. In Ulft the historic and world famous DRU-factories were erected. Several buildings of the DRU factories were listed in 2002. Being one of the oldest preserved foundries along the river Oude IJssel, the buildings tell the tale of the importance of the iron industry in the Netherlands in the period 1750-1950.

Task: The Portierscomplex (entrance building) is where the factory workers used to enter the industrial site. Many other building are scattered around the site each with a different purpose for producing iron consumer goods such as bath tubs, pots and pans and gas stoves. Please do the building services engineering work for the Portierscomplex, by cooperating with the architect and the structural engineer, in order to enable the conversion of the former iron foundry.

Approach: A draft design for the electrical and the mechanical systems was delivered by Erfgoed Installaties. Starting point was that the historic building had been extend many times. Thus making up a multi floor, multi wing, building varying in height and constructions. It was important to take into account that several users with different requirements would be accommodated in the building after completion of the conversion process.

Results: After the draft design the contractor could carry on with designing layouts. The technical systems have been installed. The entrance building is now being used by eleven different cultural and social organisations

Client: BOEi, redeveloper of industrial heritage sites.

Completion: 2008