Before the renovation of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen can start in earnest, all the asbestos in the building must be removed. That is quite a complex job, since the museum building, designed by Van der Steur (built in 1935), is a national monument, there are strict regulations governing the asbestos removal.
An amount of asbestos equal to twenty football fields is being carefully removed while ensuring the safety of the buildings’ unique architectural elements. The asbestos was located in the air ducts of the ventilation and heating systems in both buildings and behind the wood panelling.
The contractor A. van Liempd Sloopbedrijven BV began preparations for the asbestos removal at the beginning of January 2021. Completion of the removal is planned in the summer of 2022. The renovation of the museum building can begin after.
Want to know more about the asbestos removal? Click here to read the interview with Rudy de Braal, project leader for the Municipality of Rotterdam and Sjors van Gorp, operational director of A. van Liempd.