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At Amsterdam Science Park, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is building the new LabQ. This building, which is part of the Faculty of Science and involves quantum partners and new collaborations, will become the central hub in Amsterdam where education, research and valorisation in the field of quantum physics and technology converge. The building will have a floor area of approximately 13,000 square meters, with an expected completion date in mid-2027.

In 2020, the UvA, QuSoft, CWI and other leading Dutch universities and partners joined forces to create Quantum Delta Netherlands (QDNL). Through the National Growth Fund, QDNL received funding for an ambitious project that aims to accelerate quantum technology in the Netherlands, promote international excellence and stimulate economic growth.

  • Our Ambition

    LabQ will not only be the home of the successful research centre QuSoft at the UvA and CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. The building will also house advanced laser setups that can lead to breakthroughs in quantum research. The focus will furthermore be on the development of quantum applications and quantum sensing. The building will provide space for co-creation and field labs, enabling UvA researchers to collaborate closely with each other and with external partners. This will bridge the gap between fundamental quantum research and its practical applications, making LabQ at the UvA a key component of the national quantum ecosystem of Quantum Delta NL.

  • Timeline

    Planning Overview

    • Present -March 2024: completion of the Preliminary Design (PD) and internal assessment
    • Q2 2024 - Q1 2025 Final Design (FD)
    • Q1 2025 - Q3 2025 Technical Design (TD) and involvement of a contractor
    • Q3 2025 - Q1 2027 Construction phase
    • Spring 2027: building inauguration

    Information per phase

    • Preliminary Design (PD): The preliminary design, including the concept design and the main access routes, has been completed. This marks a significant milestone in our project as it establishes the foundation for further development.
    • Theme Groups (October 2023 - February 2024): From October 2023 to February 2024, we focus on collecting information and discussing proposals in six different theme groups. These groups include labs, offices & ecosystem, education & study spaces, installations & energy, sustainability, and look & feel. The input will be processed to further refine the preliminary design and optimize the layout of the building.
    • Detailed Design (DD): The layout of the building is finalized in this phase, scheduled for March 2024. After this phase, the plan will be internally reviewed at the UvA and presented for decision-making.
    • Final Design (FD): The contractor joins the design team as an advisor, working on refining the plan into a final design. The application for environmental permits will be submitted by the end of 2024.
    • Technical Development (TD) and contractor: After approval of the FD, we proceed to the technical development of the plan, involving a contractor. This will enable us to plan the project in detail and prepare for the construction phase.
    • Construction Phase: The construction of LabQ will commence after the approval of the technical development.
    • Occupancy: The Facility Services department will ensure that the building can be occupied, taking care of the setup and relocation. We aim to have the building in use by the spring of 2027.

    *Floor plan: a schematic overview of how departments, teams and projects are housed relative to each other.

Artist impression based on first design vision
Artist impression based on first design vision
LabQ impressions video

Artist impression of the new LabQ building at Amsterdam Science Park. The building comprises 7 floors with a total area of 13,000 square meters. 

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