Completion of the Science Campus
The first phase of the construction of the new building for the Faculty of Science is finished. The Cell Observatory of the Institute of Biology Leiden will be moving to the new building on the 19th of May.
The move to the new building is realized in three phases. The first phase comprises the Cell Observatory, the offices and lecture halls of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) and the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR). This phase covers approximately 45.000m2 of the total area of 80.000m2 including laboratories, lecture rooms and offices for scientific research.
Most employees of the Institute of Biology are housed in the Sylvius building since its renovation in 2009. However, the people that are part of the unique shared facility of the Cell Observatory are currently still in the Gorlaeus building. They will be moving on the 19th of May to the new Faculty building with our partner institutes.
An important element of the new building is the so-called central axis: a long corridor which runs from the front to the back of the building and which will include footbridges, both in the length and in the width. This axis is intended to serve as a meeting place for staff and students. In order to connect the axis with the public areas, the walls on the corridor side will be transparent.
On the 1st of March the new building was temporarily open for staff members. Dr. Ewa Snaar, Saskia Rueb and Prof. dr. Annemarie Meijer visited the building and were happily surprised. Prof. dr. Annemarie Meijer: “ It looks fantastic, the new building features beautiful facilities and great spaces for learning and working. Overall a great environment for scientific research.”