Student accommodation provider Idealis will be building 300 temporary student units on the corner of Nieuwe Kanaal and Kortenoord Allee in Wageningen. Another 120 permanent rooms will be built on the site of the former Kirpestein garage.
Idealis already announced in September last year that it was looking for sites for temporary student accommodation. Far more students had enrolled with the university than predicted. According to the director Sylvie Deenen, this did not lead to any urgent problems but there could be shortages if student numbers continue to grow like this.
The temporary units due to be built on the vacant plot next to the new residential district of Kortenoord will take the form of container housing, which is allowed to stand there for 10 years. Students will probably be able to start moving in from October 2017.
Earlier this month, Idealis was also given permission to build 120 permanent units for students on the vacant Kirpestein site, on the corner of Ritzema Bosweg and Churchillweg. After lengthy consultations, the province of Gelderland and the owner of the nearby windmill De Vlijt have agreed to the plans. Having the windmill in the vicinity made it difficult to build on the site because of fears that a tall building would obstruct the flow of wind, making it impossible for the windmill to operate properly. According to Han ter Maat, the alderman responsible for spatial planning, the building will now be designed so as not to affect wind flows. Construction cannot start until the second half of 2018 at the earliest. The first students would then be able to move in from 2019.
In addition to these sites, there are plans for 178 new permanent rooms on Churchillweg and around 200 rooms on Costerweg.