Danone Innovation Centre

Ground breaking

Danone Innovation Centre

Experiment and innovate, that’s what characterises Danone Research. As such, they have lot in common with OVG Real Estate. For the development Danone’s new sustainable Innovation Centre in the Utrecht Science Park, OVG Real Estate explored the boundaries.

Open and friendly

The hypermodern Danone Innovation Centre for baby food and medical food, hosts public spaces such as a cafe and a restaurant, as well as an international pilot-plant, several laboratories, and an information & conference centre and workplaces for over 400 staff.

All this comes together in one building with an open and friendly character. Furthermore, unique work dynamics are also realised, in which the exchange of knowledge among employees, and with the nearby university is promoted.


In the design of the building, sustainability plays a major part. In the development of the building only FSC certified wood was used. In addition the glass facades ensure a lot of natural daylight on the work floor, reducing the use of artificial lighting. On top of that the glass facades are highly insulating.

With a view to the future, the building was flexibly designed; laboratories can easily be transformed to offices, it’s possible to extend the floor room and the building offers possibilities on partial access for multi-tenant occupancy. Also the building is conveniently situated regarding public transport. As a result, the CO2 emission of the users is minimised. The Innovation Centre gets its energy from a Thermal Energy Storage system (TES). The atriums are air-heated by means of overflow from the offices.

“The BREEAM-NL score against the design certificate has strongly improved. And that is, especially for this large and complex project, a remarkable achievement”

Stefan van Uffelen, Managing Director Dutch Green Building.

Danone’s Nutricia Research was granted the sustainability certificate BREEAM-NL New build completion certificate Excellent in 2013. The first building in The Netherlands existing of offices as well as laboratories to receive this certification.

Danone Innovation Centre


Uppsalalaan 12, Utrecht

Date of completion

8 mei 2013


office building, laboratory




19.807 m2



Energy labels

BREAAM Excellent