Existing buildings around the Nieuwe Achtergracht are being thoroughly renovated in order to ensure compliance with modern research and education requirements and needs. The outdoor area is also being redesigned. With theatres, studios and a café, CREA is set to play a prominent role in the complex. A large bicycle parking facility will be built under the building complex. A new bridge across the water links the main entrances of the buildings on the Nieuwe Achtergracht.