History

THE INCUBATOR 2006-2012

One Planet started from the kitchen table in 2005 with one person and one project EcoVilla. In 2006 we found space in an old government building at Stationsplein 16 in Amersfoort, opposite the station, and grew gradually. In 2012, One Planet had 35 people working on sustainability projects.

FIRE APRIL 2012

Our activities in Stationsplein 16 ended one night in April 2012 when the building was destroyed by an arsonist’s fire. All our workspaces, meeting rooms, roof garden and facilities were lost. Because of asbestos we could not re-enter the building. One Planet shrank back to three employees and found temporarily accommodation in the Law Courts beside us in Stationsplein 14

HET GYMNASIUM 2013-2014

One Planet then rented space in ‘The Gymnasium’ on the Barchman Wuytierslaan (below) and worked hard on two projects, Business Garden and Eemstroom, to earn new revenue so One Planet could grow again.

Eemstroom: an energy company grew to 220 customers. Then we separated it from One Planet, with its own offices and staff in Vathorst.

 Business Garden: € 9.5 million renovation of the old building Stationsplein 14-16, where One Planet was housed until the fire in 2012. One Planet formed a partnership with a local builder-developer for the financing and construction of this project. In 2015 we gained plan-approval from the municipality of Amersfoort and contracted tenants for 60% of the spaces. See project: Business Garden https://www.oneplanet.org/en/project/business-garden/ 

RETURN TO STATIONSPLEIN 2014

One Planet returned to its former location Stationsplein 16, under a Real Estate Protection Contract with the government. The government had cleaned up the asbestos after the fire and installed temporary services on the ground floor offices. We restored our Roof Garden and continued work on the big Business Garden project

2015-2016

These were difficult years for One Planet. We lost money on three projects - Eemstroom, Business Garden, Kit Houses - and had to write off our investments. We learned a lot and changed tactics to survive. We cut back on all operating costs and shifted to working in coalitions where each partner invests his own time and money and takes a slice of the pie when a project goes to market.


NEW OPPORTUNITIES 2017-2020

2017-2020 found One Planet looking for a new future. Amersfoort municipality bought Stationsplein 14-16. One Planet made a new design for FlexApartments with a coalition of Dutch partners and later sold it to a building company. We took part in some new UN-projects, started a solar bike project and supported an initiative to preserve a park

INCUBATOR

One Planet started at the kitchen table in 2005 with the goal of promoting sustainability. In the last 15 years we have run over 74 projects.