Amsterdam council approves plan for university district


The UvA plans to invest heavily in the university district over the next few years. The district occupies a special place in the heart of the university, being the cradle of UvA and the cradle of science in Amsterdam. It was here, in 1632, that Barlaeus and Vossius gave the very first lectures on Amsterdam soil. Doctoral ceremonies have been taking place in the Agnietenkapel for years. The centuries-old Zusterklinieken once became the home of our political scientists, and for many years the Oudemanhuispoort has been the home of our legal scholars. Our goal in locating the Faculty of Humanities and several scientific institutes here is to further strengthen the current Humanities cluster by 2030.

Jan Lintsen, Board Member of UvA: “We are delighted that after careful preparation we now have an approved plan which provides us with a good basis for creating an inspiring environment for education and the research. We look forward to working with the city of Amsterdam and local residents to make the historic city center more liveable. ‘

A focal point of the restored campus will be the new University Library (UB), construction of which has already started, with a covered courtyard, a thousand study spaces and a large underground bicycle park. The university district will become the calling card of the UvA.

In addition, the restoration of these national monuments and the sustainability enhancements they will receive fit well with the City of Amsterdam’s Aanpak Binnenstad program for downtown renovation.

The various buildings concerned will remain in operation for the duration of the work. The UvA and the contractors will do their utmost to minimize the inconvenience of construction for students, residents and visitors. In order to make the outdoor space as green as possible during the construction period, to keep it livable and to improve certain aspects, parts of the area will undergo a temporary makeover, in anticipation of the final design. This makeover will be carried out under the direction of the municipality and in consultation with the UvA and the district.

In the SMP, great attention has been paid to the preservation of historical value, the addition of greenery, the sustainability of buildings and their adaptation for modern use. “It is not easy to adapt listed buildings to modern university requirements and to do so in a sustainable manner. Major renovations and modifications will be required to meet all wishes and requirements. I am convinced that, through an integrated approach, we will be able to meet the challenges and create an area that will be a valuable addition to UvA and to the beautiful city center of Amsterdam, ”said Lintsen.

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