Rico van Selm: ‘World Horti Center is excellent for Westland - World Horti Center
03.05.2017

Excellent for Westland

On the premises of World Horti Center, next to the building of MBO Westland an atrium is built. A construction of steel and glass. Behind that is the greenhouse of Demokwekerij Westland. A lot of work is done by company El Cinco.

Rico van Selm: ‘World Horti Center is voor het Westland megagoed.’

On the premises of World Horti Center, next to the building of MBO Westland an atrium is built. A construction of steel and glass. Behind that is the greenhouse of Demokwekerij Westland. A lot of work is done by company El Cinco.

Rico van Selm (44), together with Marco Bulsing, owns El Cinco from Wateringen. He explains where the company is involved: "We are a assembly and dismantling company. From a garage box or a conservatory in the garden to something like what we are doing at World Horti Center, but often much bigger: we build it. In addition, we place water silos and assemble assimilation lighting. Our field of work is mainly abroad. Smiemans sells a lot of projects all over the world and we are doing a lot for them as a subcontractor. For example, we had a conservatory for the queen of England and when the King of Kuwait visited, he said, "That's what I want!" Then we stayed in Kuwait with six men for nine months and built a conservatory of 6000 m2. Westlanders do not really know what we are doing. They often think we're just dismantling greenhouses, but we hardly do that. World Horti Center is a beautiful project: now everyone can see what we do. It is also fun for us. We are always away from home and now we work close by. Absolutely great."

Steel

A visit to the building site shows how work is being done. High from the ground, men are busy placing plates on the roof of the steel structure. The work will take quite a few weeks. "We place the steel construction with all the floor beams and then the aluminum roof gutters and afterwards we assemble the acrylic plates. This is not glass, but a kind of plastic. The steel, however, came a little bit late; We worked faster than it could be fabricated. This caused a slight delay, but we are catching up now. We started in week 12 and the atrium is scheduled for week 25/26. Then we continue with the greenhouse. The atrium is a project of Smiemans and the greenhouse is a project of Zwirs Horti greenhouse. "

School

For Rico there is a nice coincidence: "World Horti Center gets a beautiful appearance and that is excellent for Westland. Demokwekerij Westand with the school and all those companies: the students can easily knock on the door for an internship or a job. My daughter will go to school here lateron. The funny thing is that I did not finish my school at all. I knew everything better than the teacher and now I'm building a school for my own daughter!"

Published in Het Hele Westland on 3 May 2017

Text and photo: Geraldine Hindriksen