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The delivery of the Turfdraagsterpad building is now in sight. Some 50 construction workers from contractor Friso are working in the building on a daily basis in order to meet the scheduled delivery deadline. ‘It's quite remarkable to have 50 people working on a relatively small surface area, especially in view of the cramped construction site. Still, that comes with the territory when you're working on a construction project in the city centre.’

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Facade now visible again

‘The scaffolding on the Grimburgwal side was removed two weeks ago, and the end-result is both attractive and recognisable. The facade is currently nearing completion. The natural stone at the former location of the CREA conservatory is being restored and renewed in some places’, Mulder explains. 

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Grimburgwal side facade
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Facade renovation
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The new facade entrances with rose windows refer to the former outpatient clinics, here on the Grimburgwal side. ‘I should point out that these entrances are no longer formally used to access the building. The main entrance is currently located on the Turfdraagsterpad. This used to be the rear side of the building, and the entrance to the “institution for 60 female convalescents”.

Renovation of staircase

Mulder: ‘The next few weeks will be used to renovate the existing staircase. The staircase built during the 1916 renovation will remain in its original location. At the time, the original broad vestibule stairs were replaced by the current staircase, which has since become monumental itself with the passing of time.’

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Carpeting and lighting fixtures are being installed on the second and third floors. Painting work is being carried out on the first floor and ground floor. 

 

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Relocation

Mulder: ‘Once the delivery has taken place, the furnishing and relocation effort can begin.’ This should be completed around the start of the summer period. The building will then be immediately taken into use by staff, students and PhD students from the Faculty of Humanities' Art History and Cultural Studies programmes.

Work in adjacent building

Work on the building next to the future home of the Art History and Cultural Studies programmes, BG1, is set to begin in the short term. This will include expansion of the technical area. In order to facilitate the work, temporary paving has been installed at the start of the construction site on the Grimburgwal side. ‘The cooling system should be removed by mid-April. The other demolition activities will be scheduled before this time where possible. From May onwards, the majority of work will be carried out indoors. The entire project should be completed before the summer. We will install the construction fences that are currently used to cordon off the construction site against the facade, or directly in front of it, to protect the recently renovated BG2 building against rubble from BG1’, Mulder explains.