De Twaalf Apostelen office area is located right next to the Bunnik railway station. It is an outdated, stony area that is struggling with vacancy while, at the same time, there is a huge need for housing in the greater Utrecht region.
Because of this contrast the development potential is great: The location has strategical strenth as a residential location due to the proximity of the station and the Utrecht Science Park. In addition, it is also located in the middle of the attractive landscapes of the Kromme Rijn, the country estates and the New Dutch Waterline.
In 2021, @OKRA, @SVP and @Cross won a selection to draw up a vision for the station area. For this purpose, the opportunities for the site and the development of the station have been carefully considered. Attention was also paid to the site’s relation to the greater region. Together with residents and @gemeente Bunnik, but also with the collaboration partners @BAM, @Certitudo, @Portaal and @Lekstede as key stakeholders, we went looking for Bunnik’s DNA.
The municipality had clear wishes, including opportunities for housing starters and senior citizens, the addition of high-quality greenery and improving the existing connection of the station with the surrounding area. Based on this, we have developed a vision with ‘ten rules for Bunnik’ in which the ambition for the site is laid down, including:
- Bunnik railway station is to also become the ultimate bicycle station: a new bicycle bridge provides a connection with the landscape and Odijk, but also forms an attractive route to Utrecht Science Park.
- The Twaalf Apostelen is being transformed into an attractive residential area with a central park. The green character makes it a natural extension of Bunnik, with the landscape always close by. Densification and greening therefore go hand in hand with room for climate adaptation and biodiversity.
- This is made possible because the cars will park centrally in a parking facility along the track.
- There is space for companies and offices between the railway and the A12.
In the coming year, this vision will be further developed into an urban development plan.