Auction held by Philips for school Sri Lanka

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The internet auction of the remaining items from the former headquarters of Philips Lighting has yielded almost two tons.

That money will be given to the foundation Pika Spon according to the new owners, Foolen & Reijs Vastgoedy BV. The foundation will donate that money towards a new school building in Sri Lanka.

Seven years ago, the new owners Lee Foolen and Marc Reijs built a school building in Sri Lanka. "So we came up with the idea that the the money raised by the auction should be donated to a charity that is going to do the same," says Foolen.

Philips Lighting has moved from the Mathildelaan offices in the center of Eindhoven to the High Tech Campus. According to Foolen, there were still plenty of usable things left in the building.

‘So it was a shame to let all the things become scrap. In total there were 261 items that could be offered at an auction. That is a total of more than six hundred times.’

It listed amongst other things, glass partitions, t-bar ceiling panels, led lighting and an old safe. The item with the highest bid was a mobile file cabinet. There is a total of 60 times. The highest bid was EUR 7,800.

Although the filing cabinet was the expensive item sold, the turnstiles were the most popular. It was bid on 81 times. They went for an amount of EUR 3,300 to the new owner.

There are plenty of new plans for the property on Mathildelaan. ‘We plan to build 600 loft apartments along with a biologic and full-service supermarket’, says Foolen. ‘There will also be a lunchroom in the property, and small shops.’

Source: Studio040

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