Hardt Hyperloop moves headquarters to Rotterdam
The innovative company retains its presence in the region and can continue its growth
Hardt Hyperloop will move from Delft to Rotterdam in mid-June 2022. The Dutch company that is developing the hyperloop will be moving into the completely renovated Rotterdam Science Tower on the Marconistraat. The move will enable the tech company to further realise its growth ambitions and the realisation of the hyperloop.
Since its start in 2017, the scale-up, which grew from a team of students at TU Delft, has been based in the centre of the university town and has, among other things, realised Europe’s first operational hyperloop test facility. Hardt currently has 42 employees and has grown into an international company. The Rotterdam Science Tower is a perfect match for the growth ambition and future plans of Hardt Hyperloop.
The tech company’s relocation to Rotterdam demonstrates the innovative strength within the region and the importance of regional cooperation. The Technical University in Delft is, and will continue to be, an important cluster location for knowledge creation and talent development. The City of Rotterdam, with its history and economic strength, provides a strong foundation for further international growth.
Bertrand van Ee on behalf of Hardt Hyperloop: “In the Rotterdam Science Tower, we have found a wonderful new operating base. We are moving into an 800 m2 space, which is twice as big as the current location. Hardt is also building an Experience Centre there, where in addition to experiencing the hyperloop, there will also be room for co-creation between the business community, knowledge institutes and the government for the further development of the hyperloop.”
Roos Vermeij, Rotterdam Vice Mayor for Economics: “We are delighted with the arrival of Hardt Hyperloop in Rotterdam. This scale-up is bringing knowledge and innovative capacity, two important pillars of our new economy, and will create employment in the region. Rotterdam has traditionally been seen as a blue-collar city with its focus on the future. Hardt fits in seamlessly with this. It’s also a valuable addition to the Merwe-Vierhavens area, where living, working and innovation will soon go hand in hand.”
“That Hardt Hyperloop will be remaining within the region is the next best news for us,” says Delft Alderman for Economics Bas Vollebregt. “Because, of course, we would have liked to have kept Hardt Hyperloop in Delft. But Hardt Hyperloop also fits in well with the Rotterdam ecosystem. Given the short distance and the presence of TU Delft, the ongoing collaboration with Delft will remain close. It’s great that Delft was able to be part of the genesis of this wonderful company. Hardt Hyperloop is now spreading its wings. But I’m sure that a part of their heart will remain in Delft.”
Ooms Makelaars Bedrijfshuisvesting B.V. from Rotterdam (Partner in Dynamis) interpreted the needs and wishes of Hardt Hyperloop and found a good partner in Kadans Science Partner. Kadans specialises in creating and facilitating innovation hubs with vivid communities for knowledge-intensive sectors. The company owns the Rotterdam Science Tower and is currently renovating the building to prepare it for a sustainable future. Ooms advised Kadans on the lease in this case.