On 31 October the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) issued its final authorisation to Benthem Crouwel Architects for the construction of Building ASP942 at Amsterdam Science Park. The architects presented a soundly based design vision which also offers enough freedom for creating a building that will fit the goals of the University of Amsterdam and the various building users. ‘An accessible and transparent building, in which staff, students and business people will feel at home – a vital and inspiring base for research, education and value creation in the information sciences. With its innovative character, scientific relevance and pioneering research, ASP942 is a place for emerging talent and this deserves a unique design. It is both a challenge and a pleasure to work on this project’, say the architects about their design vision.
When selecting the architects and consultants (the Design Team), the UvA was required to follow the European procurement rules. The first tendering round resulted in a high-quality response, from which the UvA then selected five architects, four engineering consultancy firms and four building installation services consultancy firms.
On the basis of the vision, action plan, building company and circularity, in combination with the costs, Benthem Crouwel Architects, then proved to be the unanimous choice. The Design Team also comprises the construction consultancy firm Strackee, the building installation services consultancy firm Deerns and the building physics consultancy firm DGMR
At the start of October the Schedule of Requirements (SoR) was further refined by the working groups, which took a closer look at issues such as appearance, atmosphere and the building experience. Catering facilities, education and co-creation were also further developed. More information on the Schedule Requierements.
On 1 November the UvA organized a kick-off meeting to ensure the upcoming design phase gets off to a flying start. The selected architect and consultants (Design Team) are getting to know the Project Team (future users and managers of the building) in order to give the Design Team a better idea of the users of ASP942.
We are now commencing the design process, which will take up roughly a year. In summer 2019 the UvA will submit the application for the physical environment permit for Building ASP942. Delivery of the building is planned for September 2021 or later.
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