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Participation and Communication

As part of a new participation process, residents, businesses, students and other interested parties are discussing the alternative plan for the Humanities Campus. Their feedback will be carefully considered in formulating an urban development plan.

What's it about?

In May, the university concluded that an alternative plan for the Humanities Campus is feasible, where the homes at Doelengracht will remain and the university will work with a smaller building programme. The key to the new plan is that the current Reuvens Building will become a bigger teaching building. The current Lipsius Building will be demolished and replaced by a smaller building with facilities for students. A central green city square, adjacent to the Reuvens area and the new Lipsius South, will be created as part of the Singelpark route. This will be a place where visitors, staff and students of the university, people walking the Singelpark route and residents of Leiden can spend time and meet one another.

Start of participation

Participation meetings have been held where local residents, businesses, students and other stakeholders have been asked to give their views, and their feedback has been collected. The university and the municipality will take this feedback into consideration in formulating the relevant urban development plan. After the summer, a final meeting will be held with all interested parties to let them know whether and how the ideas put forward are being incorporated in the plans.

The first meeting with over 40 interested parties was held in May. The attendees were given information about the wishes and plans for the Doelen site and the participation process. Concerns were shared about possible disturbances from the construction and about the future traffic routes in the area. Members of staff from the university, the municipality and urban development bureau KCAP were present to answer questions.

Second participation meeting and follow-up

At the second meeting on Monday 20 June, the 30 attendees were asked to consider three issues:  

  • The height of the new buildings,
  • The routes for (supply) traffic, and    
  • The layout of the square and how it connects with the Singelpark route.

Those present – local residents, businesses and students – shared their ideas and possible solutions in groups on such issues as the places where buildings can be higher, the layout of the park with indigenous plants and flowers, small meeting areas and measures to prevent noise disturbance. In addition, they were asked to take into account the possible loss of privacy from being overlooked and the effect of sunlight on the surrounding buildings. They also considered logistical routes for suppliers and waste processors.  

The attendees appreciated being consulted. The meeting also provided insight into the complexity of the plans and the at times conflicting interests of local residents, businesses and students. Finding an optimal traffic route proved to be a difficult issue.  

Many very important comments and good ideas were put forward. The university and the municipality will take this feedback into consideration in the further work on the urban development plan. After the summer, a final meeting will be held with all the different interested parties to let them know whether and how the ideas put forward are being incorporated in the plans.

Communication on current renovation projects

The buildings of the Humanities Campus will be tackled one after another. For each building project – just as currently with the renovation of Cluster Zuid - the university will inform and involve all stakeholders as fully as possible. There will be information junctures during the design phase and prior to the start of the building activities. During the construction process, the contractor will also have an important role in the communication. When any disturbance is expected, information letters will be posted in the letterboxes of nearby houses. Information afternoons and tours of the construction site will also be organized.

If you have any questions about the communication and/or participation, please send an email to info@humanitiescampus.nl

Participatiebijeenkomst in het atrium van het gerenoveerde Arsenaal
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