Key feature in the Rotterdamsebaan project is the construction of a 1.8km bored tunnel east of The Hague. After the successful construction of the bored tunnel of the North/South Metro Line, confidence in the application of the technology in urban areas has surged. The fact that the project director of the Rotterdamsebaan construction was also responsible for the bored tunnel of the North/South Metro Line was therefore not entirely coincidental. And the same applies for the involvement of Croon lawyers.
Management and maintenance
Misha Leppers: “Our experience, method of working and the results achieved in Amsterdam have of course had a positive effect on being selected legal advisor for the Rotterdamsebaan project. The project itself is a reasonably straightforward UAV-GC 2005-based DBM contract. A special feature is the maintenance period covering 15 years. The manner in which this had to be laid down contractually formed the biggest challenge for us”.
Leppers: “In close consultation with the client, we reached an arrangement in respect of the maintenance period in which the contractor pays for the availability of the tunnel”. For reasons of security, a minimum maintenance budget has been set (percentage of the ceiling price) to ensure that the tunnel is sufficiently maintained. Furthermore, maximum space has been created for the contractor to optimise the maintenance themselves. Leppers: “This meant we customised the maintenance contract”.
Part of the project team
Leppers: “We’ve advised the Rotterdamsebaan project team from the very outset. In order to do this properly, you need to become part of the team. That’s also how we like to work. It means you can continue to follow the developments and progress and at the same time you know and understand the philosophy and culture of the client. You understand why he doesn’t opt for detailed tender specifications and why he creates space for the contractor instead. And you also understand what he means when he says that the main specification is that of the quality of the coffee”.