Staff members of the Faculty of Law and and the Psychology Department of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences were recently given a sneak preview of their future accommodation on the Roeterseiland Campus. The relocation of the Faculty of Law to Roetersstraat 15 (Building A) is planned to take place in 2017 at the earliest. The first psychologists will already be able to move to their new location on Nieuwe Prinsengracht (Building G) in February 2016. Here are some initial reactions:
'The most frequently asked question during the tour was "Where will my office be?",' says Madelon Doesburg, leader of the Nieuwe Prinsengracht renovation project and guide during the tour. 'Everyone on the tour was able to see their new office and an example of what it would look like when finished. We made a fully-furnished mock up of an office especially for the tour. Generally speaking the staff members were positive, although some felt their workspace was too small. Everyone was happy that the windows in the new building can be opened. We also visited the new entrance to the building. This is no longer situated on Nieuwe Prinsengracht, but has been moved to the square between Buildings E, G and L.'
Machteld van de Heuvel, Assistant Professor in Work and Organisational Psychology said: ‘It was good to be given the opportunity to look around. My colleagues and I have been assigned a corner office on the first floor, with lots of natural light and a nice view. In these days of flexible workstations, I feel that it's a real luxury to have my own desk, and I can see myself working here. I'm glad to be in a historic building at such a great location in the city. It's a shame about the new entrance though. The old entrance still bore the inscription ‘
Geologisch Instituut’, and I rather liked that.'
Daan Dutilh, Project Manager for the Law relocation project, and guide on the tour said: 'Sadly, not that many people came along on the tour. This is because the relocation is still a long way off, so people haven't really got enthusiastic yet. As yet, only the shell of the building is complete, there are no internal walls. We showed some 3D impressions of what things will look like when everything is finished. The responses during the tour were positive, especially regarding the view and the central hall. What questions was I asked? "Where will students and staff be able to meet together in the new building?" And, "What colour will the chairs be in the lecture rooms?" The colour of the chairs will be 'Legal Red' and the third and fourth floors of the tower block will contain meeting rooms: a seminar room, the Student Desk, the library, catering facilities, etc. Some people expressed concern about the acoustics in the building; we will be using special acoustic panels to help improve this. As project manager, my task is to advise the Executive Board on all the building-related aspects of the project, from furniture and optimising the design, through to finances. I take the questions and concerns of the end users into account when giving advice.'
Radboud Winkels, Associate Professor in Law said: 'It's hard to imagine how the end result will look when you're standing in a construction site, even though the 3D images help to give you some idea. I think that in particular the special areas such as the lecture rooms, the mock court and the study areas will be very nice. The view from the top floors of the building is magnificent; I would be very happy to have my office there. From my role as member of the Works Council, I know that members of staff are concerned about whether they will have their own room and what the rooms will look like. I was struck by the fact that the plans for the building include such a large number of rooms, certainly compared to other faculties.'
Two more guided tours of Building G have been planned for November. For more information and to sign up for a tour, please contact Real Estate Development (HuisvestingsOntwikkeling): email@example.com.