Transforming disused University building into chic new hostel in the Netherlands

We have helped convert a former zoological university building in Amsterdam into a new, chic 566-bed hostel for the leading European chain Generator.

  • We managed the costs for the delivery of 566-bed hostel in Amsterdam
  • Disused university building re-developed to include 168 rooms and associated social spaces
  • First collaboration between Turner & Townsend and design-led hostel brand Generator

We provided cost management services for the whole project on behalf of Generator Hostels. It is the first collaboration with the design-led brand, which combines affordable luxury rooms with unique social events.

The re-development of the disused university building, located near Oosterpark in East Amsterdam, includes 168 twin and quadruple rooms and a luxury sky suite for up to six people. A former lecture hall has been turned into a lounge and bar area with a mezzanine level above. There is a café, glass-fronted elevators, outdoor terrace and the original basement boiler room is now a late night bar.

Our role during the pre-construction phase included providing guidance and advice on cost reviews and forecasts, and making recommendations for a ‘very good’ sustainability rating under BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

During construction, we monitored the developer’s costs and implemented stringent procedures to identify early potential risks, alongside managing change control, site progress and providing support throughout the handover and completion phases.

Luke Bartolo, Country Manager Netherlands, said: “It’s really exciting to see Generator Amsterdam open its doors to guests. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work on this beautiful building for such a unique, design-led hospitality brand – it’s certainly one of a kind.

“Our comprehensive knowledge of Amsterdam’s local market and developer-led construction strategy, together with our skills and experience gained on other hospitality projects allowed us to bring the very best practice to the development. We’re really proud of the result.”

Rory Harte, Development Director for Generator Hostels, added: “Turner & Townsend’s experience in the market is second to none and this proved to be incredibly useful in the development of our first hostel in the Netherlands. The team’s dedication to the project and thorough reporting meant we were able to track onsite progress easily and keep up to date with issues as they came to hand. We’re beyond pleased with the finished product, to which Turner & Townsend played a pivotal role.”

For further information, contact:

Bettina Fransioli
Marketing Manager

t: +49 (0)89 550 545 204