Degenaar cleans TomTom

13 August 2018


Who doesn’t know TomTom? It is located at the Hollandia office building at Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam. The building and the entire area have been developed by Meyer Bergman and MAB. Oosterdokseiland, with its 225,000 m², is one of the largest inner-city projects in Western-Europe. It contains a total of  72,500m2, with public facilities, apartments and office space. The area is still under development and is estimated to be finished late 2020. Hollandia was built in 2007, from a design by former Chief Government Architect Jo Coenen. The building is located in the centre of Amsterdam (always a nice challenge when working with hydraulic platforms) and offers an amazing view of the environment and waterfront. TomTom International BV is the only tenant to use Hollandia’s 9,950 m2 in office space. In 2017, Degenaar Gevelhoud was allowed to clean and preserve the metal parts of their façade. We also took care of parts of the façade made of natural stone. We have now been able to add regular window cleaning on contractual basis. A beautiful assignment that we’re very happy with. 

Under contract: Hague Tower and The Y

6 August 2018


Our Hague heart beats a little faster, because we can now regularly provide both the Hague Tower, also called the Strijkijzer (‘clothes iron’) by locals, and ‘The Y’ with clean windows. And those are quite a few!


The Strijkijzer is a true Hague icon. A skyscraper that’s 132 metres high; the third highest building in The Hague. Its size and the shape of the top make it easily recognisable as a landmark in the city of The Hague. Beside offices and apartments, it is home to The Penthouse on the 42nd floor. The highest restaurant of the Netherlands with a sky bar and amazing view. What makes the building so special is that it’s build on a plot of only 30 by 35 metres. Its architect, Bontenbal, was inspired by the Flatiron Building (1902) in New York when he designed the building. In 2007, the building won the Nieuwe Stad Prijs (‘new city price’) of The Hague and the international gold Emporis Skyscraper Award.


Aside from the Hague Tower, at the spot where the Sigma building used to be, one can now find ‘The Y’. A new complex completely aimed at students and starters. It consists of three parts: a tower that’s over 75 metres high, a part of over 51 metres at the Stationsplein and a lower building along the tracks, standing about 20 metres high. Within, there are now 303 student studios, 153 starter residences and 1,400 m2 in commercial space for shops and hospitality venues. The property can be found in a student district, close to The Hague University of Applies Sciences.

Degenaar makes great FIRST impression

30 July 2018


The first impression is always the most important. You can only get it right once. FIRST Rotterdam definitely does so, if only because you can’t miss the 128 metre high office building right across from Rotterdam Central. It’s the seventh highest building in Rotterdam, has an extremely high level of quality and excellent facilities. Additionally, FIRST Rotterdam has received the “Excellent” certificate from BREEAM-NL for sustainable installations within the building.


Building commenced in December 2012 and was completed late 2015. The impressive (load-bearing) façade is covered with natural stone, composite concrete and glass and the design is inspired by the Groothandelsgebouw on the other end of the street. On the lower side of the façade, one can find the artwork Wall Relief No. 1, which is made from 16,000 clinkers. The two lower floors incline inwardly on the southside, so the monumental dome belonging to the former Bouwcentrum didn’t have to be demolished.


In 2017 maintenance was quite far behind and we were tasked with leaving all windows spotless. In doing this, we once again made a great first impression, because we’re proud to announce that we can add this beautiful building to our list of permanent projects.

ITO tower and SOM building under contract

23 July 2018


A year ago, we were allowed to clean the metal parts of the ITO tower and the SOM building for the first time as well as preserve those of the ITO tower. Luckily, new property manager Savills was satisfied with the results and converted the job to a permanent contract to clean the windows on a regular basis. We look forward to continuing the work.

1 + 2 = 3 Quarters

16 July 2018


We already had Quarter Podium (previously Spectrum) under contract for regular maintenance and now, it is joined by Quarter Plaza and Quarter Avenue. The three buildings are part of Quarter Offices, a new high-end working, living and play concept in Amsterdam Sloterdijk that was opened in May 2018. The three buildings have been completely renovated to improve their quality and functionality. The users, varying from big to small companies, start-ups and flex workers, can now very comfortably work, meet and relax here. Regardless of which building they’re in, they can use the extensive service package. From a manned reception area in every building, a business and meeting centre, restaurants, coffee bar, bikes, boot camps up to networking events, workshops, package storage, dry cleaning and room service. Comfort and hospitality are key. Naturally, such a concept demands beautiful façades and clean windows for a beautiful view. We are proud to provide the tenants with just that.

Degenaar Gevelonderhoud in TV cleaning duel

21 October 2017


For the Dutch television program 'Klaas can do anything', presenter Klaas recently entered the duel with Degenaar Gevelonderhoud, on top of one of the highest buildings in the Netherlands and also one of our projects, the Hague tower. The challenge: who will clean the cleanest windows in 20 minutes. Dutch champion window cleaning Sven van den Burgh determined who was the best at these dizzying heights. The result is obvious, of course, but it was much fun doing this battle! Watch the video via

New assignment: The "Mondriaan tower" Amsterdam

3 Juli 2017


There are buildings, and there are BUILDINGS. The Mondriaan tower in Amsterdam certainly falls into the latter category together with the Rembrandt tower, the Breitner tower and the future Amstel tower, and this skyscraper dominates the Amsterdam skyline. The Mondriaan tower is 120 metres high and has 30 floors of offices. The Rembrandt tower has 36 floors and the Breitner tower 23 floors. We are therefore delighted to add this behemoth to our project list from 1 July. We will clean the windows on a regular basis for CBRE and owner NL Mondriaan Property 8 B.V. The three towers are named after famous Dutch painters.

De Kroon: Icon from The Hague under contract

21 Juni 2017


We as a company are originally from The Hague, therefore we feel extra pride when an assignment from a genuine icon from The Hague such as De Kroon is tendered to us. After a successful test clean in 2016, we recently became the first company to carry out a complete service in almost five years with the assistance of a special facade installation. This quickly became a permanent contract for the maintenance of the inaccessible glass of the Owners Association (VvE) from the 18th floor to the 39th floor(!) and that is a huge compliment to our staff. Special thanks to the management company K & C Eigendom Management B.V. for the supervision of this tricky process.

This addition provides us with a major presence in the Beatrixkwartier. De Kroon (2011) is situated in the Wijnhavenkwartier between Central Station and the Spui. With 40 floors and reaching a height of 131.5 metres, it is one of the tallest buildings in The Hague. The design by architectural firm Rapp+Rapp was inspired by high-rise buildings constructed in Chicago between 1900 and 1930. De Kroon is on the south side of the two skyscrapers of the ministries of Security and Justice and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. 

Proud: Degenaar Gevelonderhoud acquires ISO 14001 certificate

19 Juni 2017


Careful consideration for the environment has played an important role within our service provision for many years. We are very aware that our work on facades and buildings has an impact on the environment. We strive to carry out each assignment as sustainably as possible, for example, by being aware of the amount of water we use, or by only using biodegradable materials. We have therefore also put high demands on our suppliers.


Recently, in addition to the ISO 9001 quality certificate we had already acquired, we also scooped the ISO 14001 certificate and we are extremely proud of this fact! This international standard concerns all requirements for the implementation of an environmental management system within our company. The system helps us to better identify, manage, and improve all aspects of our business operations that affect the environment. Now we can constantly improve the sustainability of our service provision, and reduce negative effects on the environment.

Amsterdam icon undergoes maintenance

19 Juni 2017


The Bank is located at one of the most prestigious locations in Amsterdam. This is an impressive monument which was previously owned by ABN AMRO prior to their move to the Zuidas at the end of the nineties. The oldest part of the bank building, which was designed by Ouëndag and Berlage, was extensively rebuilt and extended at the rear in the 1970s. A large part of the original building was lost and the stately bank hall was closed. A striking landscape appeared on the roof that many people thought was ugly. The 80-year old monument (42,500 m2 in size) has now been given a new purpose, today accommodating a selection of catering establishments, retail and office space. It is an honour for us to be maintaining all glass windows and metal facade parts of this ‘grand dame’ on a regular basis since the start of 2017

New assignment: ITO towers and SOM building

16 Juni 2017


Anyone who has visited the Amsterdam Zuidas business district will immediately recognise both buildings: ITO and SOM. Two striking office buildings that are located next to each other, and are therefore frequently mentioned in the same breath. The ITO tower is 100 metres high and has a floor space of 34,000 m². The office building is part of the Mahler4 complex, one of the projects that form the Amsterdam Zuidas. The SOM building has a total surface area of 18,000 m². We are cleaning all metal facade components of both buildings, as well as preserving these at the ITO tower, for management company Apleona (previously Bilfinger). Fortunately, because we are used to working at heights, we do not get vertigo from this wonderful new assignment!

Unique new telescopic boom lift delivered

24 juni 2016 


Today we added a new chassis mounted telescopic boom lift to our fleet of machines thanks to HDW Nederland from Ridderkerk: the Versalift VTX-240. This articulated telescopic boom has a maximum working height of 24 metres and has a unique property. In comparison to regular aerial work platforms that only extend vertically, the VTX-240 also has an outreach of 12.5 metres thanks to an articulation point at 11 metres. This allows us to reach places which would be impossible or troublesome with other AWPs. The Versalift has only been available in the Netherlands since April 2016. Degenaar is currently one of the few maintenance companies in the Netherlands that work with the Versalift.

Contract signed for facade maintenance at WTC Rotterdam

1 juni 2016


We are delighted to announce that we have been able to add a beautiful building to our projects once more. The contract was signed with DTZ Zadelhoff and Bouwinvest last week for cleaning the facades of the World Trade Center in the centre of Rotterdam. The former Beursgebouw (Stock exchange) on the Coolsingel has a monumental status and houses office spaces, a Business Center, a conference centre, high-tech meeting rooms, shops and catering establishments. The grey green glass tower is 90 metres high and has become an architectural beacon in the city. We have already commenced making (and keeping) the facades wonderfully clean. We will certainly have a fantastic view of the city as we work.

Teupen Leo 36 aerial work platform

30 mei 2016 


Today we started using our new Teupen LEO36T aerial work platform to replace our old machine of the same model, which gave us 11 years of loyal service. It is a unique machine with a maximum working height of 36 metres at a relatively low weight of approximately 5,000 kg. The AWP meets the latest technical requirements, also in terms of emissions. We offer our sincere thanks to Wilco Donkersloot from HDW Nederland B.V. for expert delivery and supervision.

MegaStores The Hague

1 maart 2016


With an area of approximately 85,000 m², MegaStores The Hague is one of the Netherlands´ largest covered shopping centres. The complex contains approximately 50 stores including a large number of well-known home decor stores such as Beter Bed, Leen Bakker, Auping Plaza, Montèl but also stores such as Prénatal, BCC, Pets Place and Kids Eiland. Meijer Realty Partners (MRP) purchased the complex from ING Real Estate in April 2015.


Meijer Realty Partners is collaborating with Degenaar Gevelonderhoud and a number of selected partners to improve the overall look of the complex. Since the start of this year, we have implemented the regular cleaning of various parts of the exterior of the complex, including the facades, which has been an exciting challenge for us.

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