In 2020, work began on the Schedule of Requirements (SoR) and the Preliminary Design (PD). The SoR sets out the UvA’s wishes and requirements for REC P, such as in terms of designated uses, space and facilities. In the PD, an architect translates the SoR into ideas and sketches for the execution of the work. Both were completed in early 2021. Subsequently, the design process for the interior and the floor plans were detailed further. The contractor selection process started in the summer and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The renovation of REC P can start from around March 2022 and is due to be completed in stages from April 2023 onwards.
Unique spaces and new occupants
The building will house lecture rooms, study and work areas and a large lecture hall where lecturers can teach smaller groups within a large group. Specific facilities in the building ensure that teaching can be delivered to both on-site and online students. Among other things, REC P will accommodate programmes for professionals (contract education) and the Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) degree programme. There will be bicycle parking facility for 128 bicycles underneath the building. This can be accessed via a separate entrance to the building.
A green roof will be installed on the REC P building. Why was a green roof chosen? A green roof absorbs rainwater through water buffering in the plants, substrate and drainage. It slows down run-off to the sewage mains, purifies the rainwater and enables evaporation through the plants. This keeps the groundwater level stable and reduces the peak load on the sewage mains. A green roof also makes for cleaner air. The plants on a green roof filter particulate matter from the air and convert CO2 into oxygen. A green roof also provides a sound barrier around a building. It absorbs sound and creates a quieter environment, both inside and outside the building.
Current occupants of REC P
In the summer of 2021, the temporary tenants housed through Ad Hoc Leegstandsbeheer (Ad Hoc vacant property management) made way for staff and students, primarily from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). Until the end of 2021 at the latest, REC P will be used by the UvA as a temporary solution for teaching accommodation. This solution was necessary because the renovation of the teaching rooms in REC L had not been completed by the start of the new academic year.
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