Cobraspen Groep has been working on the redevelopment of the SugarCity site since 2000. The entire area is being tackled: the Sugar Silos, where sugar used to be stored, have been converted into ultramodern show and office spaces, the 21,000 m² Factory will be used as an event location and on 26 November the 20,000 m² ‘Amsterdam The Style Outlets’ will open: a high-end fashion outlet with over a hundred shops. In addition to retail, there will be (amongst other things) various catering establishments, a marina, a large supermarket and a 400-room hotel with space for events and congresses. In short, the perfect place to combine business with pleasure!
Industrial heritage under (re)development
On the former site of the CSM Sugar Factory in Halfweg, an area of 110,000 m² is being repurposed. Much of this will come from the transformation of existing buildings, but new construction is also taking place. An important starting point for the redevelopment of the area is the preservation and restoration of the valuable existing industrial buildings. The urban plan proposes a rich mix of functions, creating a lively area that is freely accessible to all. Sometimes events overtake you: with the zoning plan finally settled, there no longer appeared to be a market for offices and the mega-cineplex we had originally envisaged. Thanks to the flexible layout of the zoning plan, however, there was room for the Amsterdam The Style Outlets.
Amsterdam (Halfweg), the Netherlands.
Transformation of the former territory of the CSM Sugar factory.
Mixture of new constructions and transformations of existing buildings.
From former CSM Sugar factory territory to a place where business and leisure meet!
The first sugar factory was opened in Halfweg in 1863. After a few years, this sugar factory closed, with N.V. Suikerfabriek Holland establishing itself there a short while later. In 1919, N.V. Suikerfabriek Holland became part of Centrale Suiker Maatschappij. This is how the name ‘CSM site’ came into being.
Centrale Suiker Maatschappij N.V. was founded in 1919 to produce sugar from sugar beet, which it did for many years. The company was a merger between NV Wester Suikerraffinaderij, NV “Hollandia”, ASMij, and CV Van Loon & Co. The merger included the 17 private sugar mills that remained of the 28 that existed in 1910. Since the mid-1970s, the company had grown into a large concern. Sugar activities were gradually becoming less and less part of the overall business. As a result of this and the increasing scale of sugar factories, the number of sugar factories grew ever smaller. The end of the factory in Halfweg was also on the cards. With the closure of the sugar factory in 1992, approximately 110,000 m² of land became available for reuse. This is about one third of the surface area of the entire municipality. Cobraspen purchased the site in 2000 through an invitation to tender.
SugarCity is historically very valuable as an area and is regarded as a unique piece of industrial heritage. Two special objects are the Town Hall (‘Swanenburg’ Castle) (1645) – the first building in Halfweg – and the factory complex of the Suikerunie.
Remarkably, the stately Town Hall (‘Swanenburg’ Castle), designed by Pieter Post, was part of the production process until 1950, housing the evaporative boilers. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the building served as the castle of the Rhineland Water Board. In 2007, SugarCity was added to the HollandRoute of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
SugarCity is easy to reach both by car and public transport. The NS-station Halfweg-Zwanenburg is right in front of the door, where the trains brings several times an hour in the direction of Haarlem and Amsterdam.
SugarCity is easy to reach by car via various A- and N-roads. Moreover, the SugarCity-area has its own parking spaces. The area is also easily accessible for international guests; Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is just a 15-minute drive away.
TIME TO RELAX
For the true shopaholics
Do you like beautiful brands, with a beautiful price? Then a visit to ‘Amsterdam The Style Outlets’ is a must! Nowhere else in the Randstad can you find an outlet centre like this one. Amsterdam The Style Outlets offers an exclusive mix of international and Dutch top brands, spread over more than 100 shops. You will find top brands such as Guess, The Kooples, Karl Lagerfeld, Nike and many more.
In between shopping you can enjoy a delicious cappuccino with something tasty at one of the centre’s cafés.
Parking is available under the outlet in the underground car park, which has approximately 1,450 parking spaces.
A UNIQUE OFFICE
Work in our iconic Sugar Silos
The now iconic Sugar Silos stand on the old CSM site. They served as sugar stores for decades. The 50 metre-high towers now house state-of-the-art office and business space that is home to many creative businesses and showrooms. This creates a very fine dynamic between them.
Sustainability was at the top of the agenda during the redevelopment of the Sugar Silos into offices. For example, the Sugar Silos were awarded an ‘A’ energy rating, and sustainable energy is used thanks to an ATES system. In the evening, the Sugar Silos provide a sparkling riot of colours thanks to the hundreds of coloured LED lights installed in the window frames. In short, the Sugar Silos are perfect for anyone looking for a unique office, business or show space!