ARN car dismantling company Kempenaar opens sustainable car hotel
On Friday 19 June last, the King’s Commissioner for the Province of Utrecht, Mr Willibrord van Beek, opened the first car hotel in the Netherlands at car dismantling company Kempenaar, in Driebergen. The car hotel is a so-called ‘dynamic storage warehouse’ and provides clean and dry storage space for some 200 nearly new damaged vehicles
At the car hotel, cars are stored on three storey-high racks. The storage racks are spaced close together, but at the push of a button, each rack can be simply moved to one side. The car from which parts have to be removed can then easily be reached, and collected from the warehouse by forklift truck. A mobile warehousing system has been in existence for some time, for example for libraries and the storage of fruit, but the car dismantling company owned by Jaap Kempenaar is the first in the Netherlands to open a car hotel. The compact storage method means that 60% more cars can be contained in the same surface area.
Everything comes to an end. Even the life of a car. What was formerly known as a breaker’s yard is now called a dismantling company. The name change was entirely justified; after all, the increased focus on environmental protection has led to the careful dismantling and reuse of parts and raw materials. At the new car hotel, Kempenaar stores damaged nearly new vehicles for dismantling, under cover, to ensure the quality of the usable parts.
The building consists of a futuristic, curved roofing system that ties in seamlessly with the surrounding rural background. Eighty solar panels are mounted on the roof, that supply a large proportion of the company’s energy needs. Thousands of succulents are also soon to be planted on the roof. These plants absorb much of the rainwater that would otherwise end up in the sewer. The green growth improves the air quality by absorbing fine dust particles and reducing the noise burden.
Accommodation for birds
Jaap Kempenaar has even thought of the local swallows. Provisions have been made at the car hotel for the dozens of pairs of swallows that have returned to this location to nest on the edge of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug for many years. A large owl box has even been fitted on the side of the futuristic car hotel. The car hotel was built with the following materials:
- 65 tonnes of steel for the support structure
- 415 cubic metres of concrete
- 20 tonnes of steel fibres and reinforcing steel in the concrete
- 455 metres of railing weighing a total of approx. 11.5 tonnes
- 2 motors for each rack trolley, that can each support up to 150 tonnes
- 60 tonnes of thermal zinc-galvanised gratings
- 80 tonnes of hot-rolled IPE steel for the storage racks
- 22 tonnes of movable trolleys
- 10,900 nuts and bolts
The storage racks can be moved by remote control in approx. 1 minute. The 80 solar panels in total deliver at least 18,000 kWh of electricity; total consumption at the company is around 26,000 kWh.