Leiden University and the Municipality of Leiden are working together on the development of the Schilperoort Park. This new public space will be situated in the north-eastern part of the Leiden Bio Science Park. The park ambience will extend into the adjacent residential area, where former medical laboratories are being transformed into housing.
On Wednesday, March 6, the start of the work is festively marked by planting a tree. Alderman Paul Dirkse and vice-chairman of the Executive Board, Martijn Ridderbos, did this together with the grandson of Rob Schilperoort who is the founder of the Leiden Bio Science Park.
Visualization final design
There will be a much greater number of trees and some trees are felled or are being transplanted. Take a look at the planting design at this map.
A park for all
Schilperoort Park will be a park for young and old. It will be situated on the Leiden Bio Science Park, between Wassenaarseweg to the north of the Bio Science Park and Poelweteringpad to the south of the Pathology Building. The redevelopment of the public space between three neighbouring apartment blocks and a University building to create more green is also part of the project. The greenery will extend to this area, thus giving it an attractive park ambience. There will parking spaces in the green spaces instead of in a separate car park.
The Schilperoort Park will create a link between the Van Bosman Woods to the north and the Van Leeuwenhoek Park to the south, and on the Bio Science Park itself. Although the park will be part of the Bio Science Park, it will have its own identity with the right vegetation for the soil in the area. The design is based on three atmospheres:
- Intimate: hilly, woody vegetation
- Open: grass field for sport and games
- Relaxed: lake with a large deck alongside a catering facility in the Pathology Building.
The area will undergo a gradual metamorphosis. We will begin with the area between the buildings and end with the development of the park. Below is a summary of the work.
- All paths will be removed and new ones laid
- The main entrance will be divided into two lanes with a parking lane between them
- The barrier will be moved to the other side of the Einthoven Building car park
- Underground waste containers will be installed
- Trees and other greenery will be removed or replanted
- The temporary car park will be removed and the park developed
- Bike and pedestrian paths will be built
The project will be carried out in phases to reduce inconvenience and ensure that all buildings in the area continue to be accessible to residents, suppliers and the emergency services. The car park will remain at the current temporary location until the new parking spaces are complete.
The Municipality of Leiden has introduced residents’ parking in the area. For more information see https://www.leiden.nl/themas/parkeren/
The University aims to have completed the redevelopment of the area around the summer of 2019. The contractor will draw up the definitive schedule which will also be shared on this web page.
The area between the apartment complexes will be tackled first. Underground waste containers will be installed here.
Once the area has been redeveloped, the University will transfer it to the Municipality of Leiden.
The contractor informs local residents and other stakeholders in the following ways:
- information letters
- information signs in the area
- neighborhood whatsapp
- the Construction App 'de Bouwapp': project Herinrichting Boerhaave aanleg Schilperoortpark
Do you have any questions or remarks about the activities, the planning or the phasing? If so, please contact environment manager Bart Terbeek: 0418-654620.
The apartment buildings adjacent to the Schilperoort Park largely comprise former labs of the Academic Hospital Leiden. State architect J.A.W. Vrijman drew the plans for the labs, which were christened the Cité Médicale: the Faculty of Medicine. At the end of the 20th century Cité Médicale made way for the LUMC. Only the Poort building opposite the hospital and three labs remain:
- Physiology (1959): this building now bears the name ‘Willem Einthoven’
- Pathology (1929): now a residential building
- Anatomy (1929): also converted into a residential building
There are three new tower blocks on Wassenaarseweg. These ‘Clusius Towers’ are named after the Clusius Laboratory (1969, biochemistry) that once stood here.