Entrepreneurs and organizations are now allowed to ply their ‘services, products and information’ on the new Forum Square. This is one of the ways in which Facilities & Services hopes to liven up the place.
Photo: Sven Menschel
A stall selling doner kebab, a recruitment point for stem cell donors and a mobile coffee bar. Students and staff have seen all sorts come and go in recent weeks. But what is allowed and what is not?
The main criterion is that what is on offer on the square should be in line with ‘the work and studies being pursued on the campus and/or Wageningen UR’s mission’. ‘So a company selling spare parts for cars is not in place here, while a demonstration of laboratory equipment is,’ says Elike Wijnheijmer, who is in charge of campus planning. Commercial vendors are not allowed to compete with the Wageningen shops either.
The established caterers at Wageningen UR have the first option on selling food and drink on the square. Only if they don’t want to offer a particular product is there an opportunity for others. The caterers do not have to consider Wageningen UR’s mission, says Wijnheijmer. Students and staff are free to eat what they like, whether it’s healthy or not.
The caterers are mainly positive about the development. ‘We are in favour of livening things up,’ says Ron Nagtegaal, manager at Cormet. This month he brought a food truck selling homemade fries to the campus. Jeroen van Rosevelt of Good Food Catering (in the Leeuwenborch) is now building a trailer to sell barbecue from.