Among the projects forming part of the University Quarter development is the major renovation and upgrade of the Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP), a set of buildings with a gross floor area (GFA) of approximately 18,000 m2. Oudemanhuispoort features a number of characteristic building sections. Over the years, various building sections and buildings have been connected with one another, creating an array of buildings. The current building structure is difficult to understand, the routing is unclear, and the appearance of the different sections do not do justice to the historic buildings' age-old features.
The intention is for Oudemanhuispoort to accommodate various functions:
• Faculty of Humanities departments (e.g. offices, meeting rooms, etc.)
• Lecture rooms and small teaching rooms
• Study places
• Reception rooms
• Offices for UvA support and management staff (FS, ICTS and HO)
• Underground bicycle shelter
• Central logistics facility.
In order to fit all the programme elements into the building and improve its structure, the Master Plan outlined a proposal to partially demolish sections and then rebuild these (a total of approximately 7,500 m2 GFA in the non-historic building sections).
Architects have been invited to submit a design, with execution scheduled to take place in late 2021. Until building work actually begins, Oudemanhuispoort will be used for teaching and temporary student housing.