In recent years, Amsterdam Science Park has developed into a successful campus with educational institutions, research laboratories and related companies that are among the international top in the science arena. The landowners in the area are the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the City of Amsterdam. The three landowners have carried out an interim assessment, concluding that the area continues to offer great promise for the future and still offers plenty of scope for further development within its borders. By means of the Amsterdam Science Park Development Vision, they intend to guide the way in which the campus continues to develop physically in the years ahead. This builds on the previous Amsterdam Science Park Master Plan from 2003.
The Development Vision has four ambitions for the further development of the campus. The ‘Colouring’ ambition focuses on adding more education, facilities and spatial qualities in the area and possibly also residential facilities, to make the campus an even more vibrant melting pot of education, research and enterprise. The ‘Compacting’ ambition is linked to the addition of a new building programme to provide a higher building density. There is also a great need for additional space for education, research and start-ups. The third ambition involves ‘Connecting’ and focuses on improving connections within the area and to the rest of the city. The ‘Campus sustainability’ ambition in the areas of construction, energy, water, greenery and mobility is an important all-encompassing one.
The Development Vision contains a number of proposals for the area. Some of the main ones are set out below:
Employees, students, local residents and stakeholders were invited to share their reactions, opinions and ideas in a consultation round. Although the responses are not formally binding, the NWO, UvA and City of Amsterdam would like to take proposals or possible objections into account as much as possible.
The consultation round has recently been completed. The Development Vision will be submitted to the municipal council after the summer.
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