Falco Designs Curvaceous Cycle Shelter for New Residential Complex in Nieuwegein
This is the new curvaceous cycle shelter, Falco designed, manufactured, supplied and installed for a new residential apartment development within the city of Nieuwegein, in the Netherlands.
“The Switch”, a once vibrant office building in Rijnhuizen, Nieuwegein, characterised by its semi-circular segment shape, has been transformed into a modern array of 59 luxury apartments with an external park-like living environment.
To compliment the numerous amenities and facilities available for residents, Dutch contractor, Kwakkenbos, commissioned a bespoke Falco cycle shelter arrangement which took design inspiration from the iconic building.
Taking up the challenge, Falco modified the popular FalcoZan cycle shelter and transformed a line of ten bays into a 63.5⁰ curvaceous layout, allowing the cycle shelter sequence to contour The Switch building, just metres away.
Each bay of the adapted FalcoZan shelter is manufactured from a combination of hot-dip galvanised steel with FSC® certified hardwood slats. The FalcoZan is coupled with Europe’s most popular - A-11 cycle rack, providing universal cycle parking. Combining creativity with practicality, the new eye-catching cycle shelter sits conspicuous within the apartment grounds and provides up to 80 secure spaces of cycle parking for resident use.
The green sedum roof, an increasingly popular feature for Falco shelters, supports the apartments sustainable development plan by providing the many advantages associated with green roof systems as well as insulation for both heat and noise. A sedum roof both reduces water discharge as well as compensating for CO2 emissions. A further benefit of green roof systems is that they traditionally last longer than a usual roof covering and offer a natural view for residents from all five floors.
The FalcoZan cycle shelter is the single sided version of the product range and meets EN1090 CPR which is UK law for cycle shelters. The modular shelter has a base unit 4.0 wide x 2.5m deep, with a free head height of 2.1m and can be added to and extended as required - to create a cycle shelter as wide as desired, by using standard ‘add-on’ units.
The steelwork and roof are hot dip galvanised to BS EN 1461 as standard with an option to polyester powder coat on top of this substrate if required. The popular cycle shelter design has been used across the country with recent installations at Manchester Airport, Loughborough and Reading Universities.
For more information about the scheme shown here, or how Falco can assist your cycle parking scheme, please contact our helpful sales team on 01538 380080.