The multifunctional accommodation in Bekkerveld, A gene Bek, is an accommodation consisting of a sports facility with playing fields and a facilities building that houses changing rooms, a room for social gatherings, a multi-purpose hall, and meeting and activity rooms.
The municipality of Heerlen is owner and operator of the accommodation. Various associations and groups from the neighbourhood (sports clubs, marching band, scouting, community organizations, etc.) have consolidated the accommodation of their sports-, culture- and education-related activities here. Several schools also use the facility for their physical education classes, and in the evenings and weekends the facility is available for sports and activities clubs.
First sports facility with mine water energy
A gene Bek is the first sports facility in the Netherlands that is connected to the mine water network. Mijnwater has equipped the building with an energy installation with heat pumps to provide the desired indoor temperature, and that is something to be proud of. The building is heated and cooled using the energy from the Mijnwater district heating and cooling system. The water for the showers in the changing rooms is also heated in this way.
The heat Mijnwater utilizes comes from both the warm groundwater from the former mines and residual heat from buildings, such as the APG data centre, that are connected to the mine water distribution network. The mine water energy installation (heat pump) and solar panels on the roof provide renewably sourced electricity for the building.
Sedum plants on the roof
A gene Bek has covered the roof with moss/sedum plants. These special plants hold rainwater longer, serving as a buffer that reduces the peak load on the sewer system. The plants also capture fine particulates in the air, resulting in better, cleaner air.
A gene Bek was formally opened by aldermen M. de Beer and P. Zutphen of the municipality of Heerlen on 19 June 2015.