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University Quarter

The development of the University Quarter

The Faculty of Humanities (FGw) and the University Library (UB) are currently based in several different buildings spread across the city centre. The development of the University Quarter will ensure not only that FGw and the UB are close to each other but also that the existing UvA buildings can be used more effectively. The creation of this campus therefore requires the (re)development of the UvA buildings and the public space and, in some cases, also a redistribution of functions and facilities.

The University Quarter will be a place for anyone interested in the interface between culture and science. Education, research, valorisation and interaction are central to the campus, as is academic and public debate. Interaction with the city is an inextricable element of academic life, especially in the Humanities. Collaboration and synergy between the Faculty’s different disciplines, with society and external partners and associated institutions is taken as read.

Over the coming period, the focus will be on three projects:

  1. The development of the new University Library
  2. The refurbishment of the Allard Pierson
  3. The Strategic Master plan for the University Quarter

De realisatie van de nieuwe UB

In 2017 is de locatie van de UB, na raadpleging van de academische gemeenschap,  vastgelegd. Hiervoor wordt het ontwerp van architecten bureaus MVSA en van Stigt gebruikt in het voormalig Zusterhuis en de Tweede Chirurgische Kliniek (BG13a/BG14). Dit vormt het uitgangspunt voor de verdere ontwikkeling van het Universiteitskwartier.

Refurbishment of the Allard Pierson

The Allard Pierson on Oude Turfmarkt is currently being refurbished and expanded to ensure that the museum building is perfectly aligned with the strategy for the Allard Pierson Museum and Special Collections. The refurbishment started in the first quarter of 2019 and is due to be completed by the end 2019.

The Strategic Master Plan for the University Quarter

The development of the University Quarter requires an integrated approach in which the cohesion between the buildings and their environs is taken into account, with due regard for the Schedule of Requirements and current and future functions and facilities. 

The UvA is drawing up the master plan in conjunction with urban planning consultants West 8 and Amsterdam City Council. The partnership with the Council is defined in a covenant. At local level, local residents will be involved through the consultation process. The nature of the education and research is being defined in conjunction with users from the academic community.