‘Born’ building work will start in autumn
The application for planning permission for the proposed building plans in
the Born was submitted to the Wageningen town council this week. The
preparatory building work is due to start in the autumn, as the new
education building needs to be ready by April 2006. Shortly after that the
new office and laboratory buildings will be ready for the Sciences Groups.
Wageningen UR plans to create a ‘green lung’ between the Mansholtlaan,
Droevendaalsesteeg and the Nijenoord Allee. It will be a park-like area in
which the forum building for education and the new accommodation for the
Environmental Sciences Group and Technology and Food Sciences Group will be
housed. The new building for the Plant Sciences Group will be situated just
outside the park.
The Animal Sciences Group will also build accommodation in the Born, and
probably also use the forum building. At present board member Kees van Ast
is waiting until the requirements of the Animal Sciences Group have been
finalised, which is expected to be in September. This means that the final
design for the central education building cannot yet be completed. The
architect Paul Wintermans of Quist Wintermans is designing a building which
is inspired by castles and desert forts. He has planned a whole storey for
Animal Sciences, which can be removed if the plans are not approved.
Peter Mekking, in charge of building plans for the Animal Sciences Group
realises that speed is now of the essence: “While we are still busy
compiling our list of requirements the whole process is moving along fast.