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The Amsterdam District Court has upheld the appeal that opponents had lodged against the listed building permit granted by Amsterdam city council for the construction of the new library at the Binnengasthuisterrein (BG-terrein).

Dwarsdoorsnede ontwerp nieuwe UB Binnengasthuisterrein

The Amsterdam District Court has upheld the appeal that opponents had lodged against the listed building permit granted by Amsterdam city council for the construction of the new library at the Binnengasthuisterrein (BG-terrein). This authorisation is needed before the Chirurgische Kliniek (Surgical Clinic) and a small part of the Zusterhuis (Nurses’ residence) can be demolished The BG-terrein is an area covering 3.7 hectares that was the former location of a convent and hospital, and is now the heart of the University of Amsterdam, which uses 95% of the buildings in the area.

The new University Library and study centre (UB), which also houses the Faculty of Humanities collection, will be the heart of the university campus that the UvA is developing at the BG-terrein. The campus and the UB will play an important role in academic education and research, and provide a cultural and economic boost to Amsterdam city centre. Part of this campus has already been developed, such as the Special Collections at the Oude Turfmarkt and Media Studies and Archaeology in BG1, or is being prepared for development, such as Art, Religion and Cultural Studies in BG2.

The Executive Board of the UvA is disappointed with the ruling. The new library on the BG-terrein is of great importance to the university. The UvA will first examine the ruling carefully. Given the importance of the realisation of this new UB, the UvA will probably appeal against the ruling and request expedited treatment, so that the development of the campus at the Binnengasthuisterrein can still go ahead.