Dutch Campus

A key spatial ambition is the upgrade of the quality of the area as a Dutch campus. A new urban plan was drawn up in 2009 for the existing Bio Science Park from 1988 which strives for greater cohesion and attention to public space. Grey concrete was exchanged for more green and red.

The business area is becoming a campus! LBSP is developing into a mixed urban area with a varied array of education, research, public functions and urban living, using the landscape as a vehicle. Cohesion within the park and connections with the park’s environment are important spatial themes. LBSP is large and elongated, it lacks a natural centre and the supply routes are relatively long.

The transformation of an industry park into a campus calls for investment in an attractive living environment and the successful mixing of functions and spaces for meeting. This is being achieved in line with the concept of ‘the Dutch Campus’: a powerful green design combined with clear building shapes. The buildings are set among the natural greenery and lined up side by side. Just as in a Dutch city, the public space is bounded by buildings. A narrow strip of private ground for each building is planted with grass. Together, the companies contribute to this green, uniform look. Parking facilities are tucked out of sight, behind or under buildings, often as efficient collective facilities.

A number of central areas habe been created within the park, each with its own profile and use. These central areas are being threaded together by the so-called Hartlijn; w wide green route through the park with ample room for pedestrians and cyclists.