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Next step in the redevelopment of Van Eyckhof - Van Wijkplaats

An architect and an installation consultancy have been selected for the redevelopment of the P.N. van Eyckhof and Van Wijkplaats buildings. The Spatial and Functional Programme of Requirements (PoR) has also been adopted.

In the last six months, the project group, together with the LIAS institute and the knowledge partners, have drafted a PoR for the redevelopment of the buildings. With the agreements in the PoR, the design team will be able to start with an initial study of the buildings this summer.

The objective is to transform the building into an attractive and recognisable place for the LIAS institute and the knowledge partners, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), the University Library and the Africa Studies Centre Leiden (ASC).

What will change?

The Van Eyckhof – Van Wijkplaats is going to be a lively, decentralised building. The building will have a great deal more appeal, with attractive meeting spaces for students and staff members.
More than 700 teaching and independent study places will be provided, along with two large lecture halls.  In addition, a pleasant work environment will be created with spaces for common rooms and concentration areas, on top of the 1, 2 and 4-person rooms and meeting rooms. Orientation in the building will also be improved.

Public tender

With the public tender complete, both the architect and the installation agency who will carry out the redevelopment are now known: De Zwarte Hond architectural consultancy and Nelissen installation agency. The tender put special emphasis on proven expertise in the field of sustainability. It is being investigated whether the building can be connected to an underground heat exchange system (ATES).  The aim is to achieve at least the 'Very Good' BREEAM standard in line with the University’s sustainability objective.

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