The Netherlands' most modern asylum seekers' centre is coming to Almelo
The semi-permanent residential buildings and technical installations of the asylum seekers' centre (azc) at the Vriezenveenseweg in Almelo have reached the end of their lifespan and are therefore being replaced. On the same site, the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) will build new and sustainable buildings in phases. The future residential buildings will meet contemporary building requirements and be more comfortable than the current ones. The residential buildings are also designed in such a way that they can later be converted into single-family homes in case the COA were to leave.
Placing the residential buildings diagonally rather than parallel on the site creates courtyards and viewing gardens and gives the future asylum seekers' centre the character of a 'village'. The buildings will soon surround a central service building containing areas such as a recreation space, a youth space and a women's room. The building will also house various classrooms, a kindergarten and the information desk. The central entrance building with COA office space will be located on the entrance side of the site.
The asylum seekers' centre will remain open during the construction work
The centre will remain open during construction. Moving residents to another site is not desirable, especially as it also involves school-age children. The solution is to build in phases on the site at Vriezenveenseweg. According to the schedule, construction will start in spring 2022 and completion will be in mid-2023.