The new humanities building must be ready in early 2027

The new humanistic building will probably be as tall as the Spinoza building. Delivery is planned for 2027. This is evident from the tender published last weekend. It is unclear whether employees of the involved faculties will have their own room in the new building.

The new building for the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies was to be the first major achievement in the Campus Plan, which was presented last spring.

The requirements program is being finalized, where the requirements and wishes of the relevant faculties are listed. ‘These requirements have been collected in recent months from staff and students at the relevant faculties’, says Arjan de Wit, project manager for the new building. He emphasizes that the Requirements Form still needs to be approved by the executive board, the General Assembly and the supervisory board of Radboud University.

In order not to lose unnecessary time, the first phase of the tender process has already started. “We want to arrive at a selection of four parties who are eligible to design the building,” says De Wit. ‘These four parties will then be asked to make an offer on the design.’

Circular solution

It is now well known what the new construction will look like. Radboud University wants to focus on ‘central zones’ to promote meeting and cross-pollination, according to an explanation of the tender published last weekend by the Campus & Facilities department. The building will replace the current Spinoza building. Construction is due to begin in 2025 and completion is scheduled for 2027.

The building must also become the most sustainable on campus. By means of CO2 reduction, the building must become ‘energy positive’. It is intended that materials from the Spinoza building will be reused as much as possible in the new building.

From commotion to rest

At least the hull – the skeleton – of the Spinoza Building high-rise will be reused. This means that the new building for the humanities will not be more than the height of the Spinoza building – in principle, an architect can also remove one or two floors if it would fit better into the overall concept. ‘But as the minimum requirement for the new building is considerably greater, an extra space is being built next to it,’ says De Wit.

The costs are not yet fixed. In the tender, it appears that the planning task “is still surrounded by too much uncertainty to make this budget binding.”

According to the tender, the principle of ‘from busyness to rest’ must apply in the building. “In order to meet the need for rest and concentration, as well as the need for meeting and collaboration, the basic assumption is a busy core fanning out to relatively quiet zones.”

Room with bookcase?

It is not yet clear whether employees in the future building will also have their own room with a bookcase – the project description remains vague on that point: “For research and education to flourish, it is important that employees and students stay here. form a community,” reads the text. “By working within the faculty zone with smaller clusters of spaces, based on the functional and content relationship between activities, small scale and discoverability can be guaranteed.”

‘The faculties have engaged a consultant to further develop the working environment’

De Wit cannot confirm whether the employees will have their own room in the future building, just like in the Erasmus building. ‘The faculties themselves have engaged a consultant to further develop the working environment in the new building,’ he says. ‘It is important that this fits within the framework of the Requirements Programme.’

In Radboud University’s Campus Plan, which was presented last spring, it was stated that more efficient housing in this new building should lead to “a reduction of approximately 35 percent of the existing space requirement”, with which employees will work more often from home. Employees of the faculties involved did not like that at all. Concerned about keeping their own room, they started a petition to keep permanent jobs. With almost four hundred signatures in their pockets, the initiators entered into dialogue with the executive board. The management could not make any concrete promises, but promised to include all input in future plans.

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