Spinnerij Oosterveld is a project powered by World of Walas. It is a hotspot for accelerators in the historical city of Enschede in The Netherlands. The industrial textile roots of Twente are still tangible in and around the characteristic 1911 building. Where people used to spin yarns in the mill, there is now a growing community of innovative and accomplished high tech entrepreneurs. Organizations focused on branding, marketing, ICT and other diverse supporting services also flourish. The building is considered a Living Lab for innovation and sustainability.
Walas began work in the Spinnerij Oosterveld in 2016. Initial efforts were to build comprehensive strategies, including Ecogrowth, for the community, physical environment and financial performance. The focus was to create space and community for promising entrepreneurs and appropriate, established businesses. Opportunities and concrete jobs for people with distance to the labour market were developed. Targets were set to improve the performance of the physical build environment while preserving its unique DNA and make the project financially sustainable.
A beautiful old room was reclaimed as an event space. Regular events hosted by and for community members help stimulate growth. Jobs have since been created by both tenants and the building. Physical improvement such as sustainable and emissions free paint improve the air quality and reduce the environmental footprint. ‘Spinnerij bees’ provide delicious honey to the community. 650 solar panels on the roof generate enough sustainable energy to provide the building with renewable energy and charge multiple electric cars.
The community is still growing, with more tenants and opportunities on the way. Plans for physical improvements include an additional 650 solar panels and a mobility program for car sharing, a Biomass installation will generate sustainable heat, phase changing and cradle-to-cradle materials for heat release. Visit the website or contact us to schedule a visit to learn more.