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The University of Amsterdam has begun the redevelopment of the Roeterseiland. On Tuesday, 25 May at 17.00, the symbolic first pile for the entire Roeterseiland construction project will be driven.

Artist impression Roeterseiland. Beeld: AHMM

The University of Amsterdam has begun the redevelopment of the Roeterseiland. On Tuesday, 25 May at 17.00, the symbolic first pile for the entire Roeterseiland construction project will be driven. In the coming years, the UvA will build an open city campus for more than 15,000 students and staff members. All UvA degree programmes in the fields of law, economics and social and behavioural sciences will be taught at this new campus. There will also be shops, restaurants and cultural facilities.

The ceremony will take place outside on the Nieuwe Achtergracht. There will be brief speeches given by acting Mayor of Amsterdam Lodewijk Asscher, vice-chairman of the UvA Executive Board Paul Doop and chairman of the ASVA student union Dave van der Pol. All those present, including a procession of professors in gowns, will together drive the symbolic first pile.

More open and accessible

The existing buildings around the Nieuwe Achtergracht will be renovated both inside and outside. The space between the buildings will also be dealt with. The Roeterseiland will become more open, accessible and attractive. A key, eye-catching change is the removal of the lower floors of the building on the Nieuwe Achtergracht. This will create a view through to the Plantage Muidergracht. A new bridge over the water will connect the main entrances of the buildings on the Nieuwe Achtergracht. There will be a passage to the Sarphatistraat and restaurants, shops, sports and cultural facilities on the ground floor.

The Crea foundation, the student cultural centre of the UvA and HvA, will be housed in the building of the former Diamantslijperij on the Nieuwe Achtergracht. The space between the buildings will be redesigned and there will be a large underground bicycle shed and a car park. The redevelopment of the Roeterseiland is expected to be ready around 2016.

Long-term housing plan

The Roeterseiland redevelopment is part of the UvA's long-term housing plan. At present, the University is spread out across a great number of locations in the city. In the coming years, The UvA will be concentrated around four locations in the city. The essence of the approach is to focus on four open city campuses in Amsterdam, where students' education, research, accomodation and recreation will be combined as much as possible: : Binnengasthuisterrein (City Centre), Roeterseiland (City Centre - East), Science Park (Watergraafsmeer) and AMC (Amsterdam Zuidoost).

Time and location

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 25 starting at 17.00. The reception is from 16.30 in large hall E, Roetersstraat 11, Amsterdam.

If you would like to attend the ceremony, please register via the link below.