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Heijmans to build Leiden University’s campus in Netherlands

22 Nov 2012 (Last Updated November 22nd, 2012 18:30)

Property development firm Heijmans has secured a €38m contract to construct Leiden University Real Estate's new Beta Campus FWN (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) in the Netherlands.

Leiden University's new campus

Property development firm Heijmans has secured a €38m contract to construct Leiden University Real Estate’s new Beta Campus FWN (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) in the Netherlands.

Under the deal, Heijmans will be responsible for all the architectural aspects of the project.

Designed by architects Ontwerpbureau Inbo and JHK Architecten, the facility will have 45,000 square metres of floor space to house laboratories, lecture halls, offices and an underground car park.

The building will feature an atrium which will link faculty and institutions as well as provide space for meeting and exchange.

Sustainable features of the building include generation of heating and cooling, as well as energy efficient ventilation systems.

The university is expected to obtain a BREEAM Very Good rating for the facility building which includes a consortium of institutes housing departments of physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, biopharmaceutics, information technology, the environment and astronomy.

Heijmans said that the facilities have been developed using the Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach and will be further optimised between now and May 2013.

Construction of the facility is expected to commence in May 2013 and be completed in September 2015.

The construction of the Beta Campus FWN forms the first phase of the total 99,000 square metre area to be developed in the Leiden Biosciences Park.


Image: After completion, the Beta Campus FWN will feature laboratories, lecture halls, offices and an underground car park. Photo courtesy of Leiden University.