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The story so far

The Faculty of Humanities’ accommodation needs to be modernised. The education and research buildings are seriously outdated and non-sustainable, which could ultimately compromise the quality of our education..

Why the redevelopment?

The main reason for redevelopment is that the Faculty of Humanities’ buildings are no longer fit for the purpose of delivering modern, future-proof education. The buildings are outdated and non-sustainable, and their layout is far from ideal. The building services need to be replaced, disabled access is not optimum and the education facilities, dating back more than 30 years, do not meet today’s requirements.

The layout of the area could also be improved: it has many parked bicycles and very little green space, which makes it quite uninviting as a place for students, teaching staff and visitors to spend time. The buildings have an inward orientation, offering few opportunities for students and teaching staff to work together and meet informally. The Faculty also needs more space to accommodate the rapid expansion of study programmes.

Photo: Monique Shaw.

The Faculty’s vision

An area that is green, sunny and safe, and is also more accessible: these are just a few key aspects of the future vision for the Campus. This vision was written by the Faculty of Humanities, including input from surveys of students, staff and visitors, which gave a clear picture of the requirements that the new Campus should meet. This future vision is set out in the Humanities Campus Concept document (note: in Dutch only), which is also available at the Humanities Campus exhibition in Lipsius, the central education building.

The new Humanities Campus: a green, sunny and safe design. Photo: Monique Shaw.
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