From new energy-neutral homes to the construction of the largest sea lock in the world, the VolkerWessels group manages everything in-house. Traditionally a family business, it has grown into an international and listed construction group with 16,000 employees. It is mainly active in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, North America and Germany.
Think global, act local is how it does things. Decentralised autonomy has brought a lot of entrepreneurship to VolkerWessels and as a result, the group was able to grow into an organisation with 120 local operating companies, which operate as independent businesses. The VolkerWessels companies each have their own profit and market responsibility, but they are also part of a close-knit internal network. VolkerRail, part of the Infrastructure Netherlands division, is responsible for building up the availability of the Dutch infrastructure. Originally this was mainly rail, but now the company is also working on locks, bridges and airports. In total, the company employs approximately 1,200 people.