The Vrijthof - the most dazzling square in Maastricht - perhaps even in The Netherlands
Renovation - efficient, effective and on time
When renovating the Vrijthof’s parking facility in just ten months, the historic city centre remained untouched while creating a 21st century parking solution underground with 445 parking spaces.
Renovation in progress - completion within ten months
The extreme rapid completion of the Vrijthof underground car park was made possible thanks to the extremely productive and close collaboration between four different parties: The City, Q-Park, the property developer and general contractor.
During the development and realisation phases, not only was a great deal of attention focused on the design and layout of the car park, but also on the quality of life and accessibility to the Vrijthof.
Within seven month the roof of the underground car park was sealed and the square was equipped with a new topcoat. As a result, there was no longer anything standing in the way of the Preuvenemint - one of Maastricht's most important culinary events.
Public Private Partnership
The Vrijthof underground car park is a result of a Public Private Partnership between the city of Maastricht and Q-Park.
Two vehicle entrances at opposite sides
The two vehicle entrances were placed at opposite sides of the square, eliminating through traffic and creating a pedestrian zone to enter the facility. The north entrance can accommodate about twenty queuing vehicles, thereby limiting back-ups and problems above ground at the square.
North entrance - able to accomodate about twenty queuing cars
Since the flows of traffic on the access roads leading to the car park have been optimised, the surrounding area experiences a minimal amount of inconvenience from car traffic.
Q-Park Vrijthof is connected to the Maastricht Parking Route Information System (PRIS) and has three entrances and exits for pedestrians (including a glass elevator).
The underground bicycle facility supported the municipal effort to ‘clean up’ the square, while the use of natural materials ensured a perfect ‘new & old’ match with the surrounding historical buildings and monuments.
Hosting major events
The renovated construction has taken into account the load-bearing capacity of the columns, they no longer stand in the way of major events such as Magical Maastricht in December, with its Ferris Wheel. Or the André Rieu concerts in July.
Magical Maastricht on Vrijthof Square
André Rieu concert on Vrijthof Square
“A facility with 445 parking spaces and an area for bicycles.”