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Sustainable demolition of old laboratories at a glance

Leiden University is demolishing a number of old laboratories of the Faculty of Science in a sustainable way. The Dutch Green Building Council, an organisation that seeks to ensure sustainable construction and demolition, awarded this approach four stars.

The buildings in question are the LCP building and the adjacent high-rise buildings. Project leader Steven Menijn explains how sustainable demolition works in the video below.

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Sustainable demolition

For the demolition, the university is applying the BREEAM assessment method developed by the Dutch Green Building Council, an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to ensure that the built environment in the Netherlands is sustainable in the long term. In the meantime, this organisation has given the demolition of the LCP building a rating of four out of a possible five stars. 


The asbestos removal and the preliminary demolition of the high-rise building has started. Later this year, after the construction industry’s summer break, a tower crane will be used to demolish the building. The demolition will be finished by Spring 2019. More information about the demolition can be found on the Sustainable Demolition LCP and high-rise building project website. Contact information for those who have questions or complaints can also be found on the website.

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