Port of Rotterdam to build brand new Port Information Center

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The Rotterdam Port Authority will build a new Port Experience Center at Maasvlakte 2. This facility will be the successor to the FutureLand Information Center. The building will be designed by MVRDV, responsible for projects such as Rotterdam’s Markthal and Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. Kossmanndejong consultants have reflected on the overall concept of the center and will work on the exhibition format, visitor experience and interior design. The center will be built near the Maasvlakte 2 leisure beach, on the edge of Amaliahaven. The PEC is expected to open to the public in the first half of 2024.

The projects for the new center were warmly welcomed by businesses in the port area. The PEC offers excellent opportunities to highlight the important role played by the port, strengthen its proposition in terms of education and other areas and create a new place where a range of target groups can meet and engage. The center will become the new “living room” operated by and for the port and its business community.

Land of the future

The FutureLand Information Center, which focuses on the construction of the new Maasvlakte 2 port area, opened in 2009. Over the years, FutureLand has gradually broadened its scope to include information on current developments and future in and by the port. As such, the center has for years contributed to the excellent reputation of the port of Rotterdam and its port authority, as well as to public support for the activities and development of the port complex. FutureLand has always proved popular with the public, including after the opening of Maasvlakte 2 in 2013. Each year the center welcomes some 110,000 visitors.

Structurally, however, the current clearinghouse is approaching the end of its useful life. In view of the continued popularity of FutureLand, the Port Authority has decided to commission a new center. The Port Authority believes it is important to keep the public up to date with major developments in this world-class port, and is happy to give those interested a ‘behind-the-scenes look’.

It is also planned to allow the Educatief Informatie Centrum (Educational Information Center, EIC) in Rozenburg to take advantage of HEC facilities. The two organizations are currently in talks on this option. EIC aims to spark the interest of young people in the port, highlighting the many job opportunities and associated study programs found in the region. Each year, EIC welcomes more than 22,000 young visitors to the port. EIC is a foundation and its board of directors is made up of the Rotterdam Port Authority, Deltalinqs, STC-Group, Albeda and Stichting BOOR.

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