18/03 2022

Construction starts on the RUG Education Centre

On 18 March 2022, the name of the new Educational Centre at the University of Groningen was officially unveiled in a festive ceremony that also celebrated a recent start of construction. The new building on the Healthy Ageing Campus will be named after the Groningen resistance fighter and medical student Anda Kerkhoven (1919-1945). 

The Anda Kerkhoven Centre is expected to be completed by the end of 2023 and will offer teaching, meeting and working spaces for around 2,000 students and staff from the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Pharmacy).

The new building will be the face of the part of the campus surrounding the Antonius Deusinglaan, which in the coming years will be transformed into a lively and green city square with branches of the University College Groningen and cultural student centre surrounding it.

The Anda Kerkhoven Centre consists of a high brick building block with education spaces and a lower foyer with a green roof garden on top. The foyer is closely connected to the outdoor area and the rest of the buildings and therefore functions as a true new entrance to the Healthy Ageing Campus. The building will have a relaxed atmosphere that encourages cooperation and knowledge transfer, and invites to a healthy lifestyle, with much attention to space and sustainability. The energy will be generated sustainably using solar panels and a thermal energy storage system. Explore the design here.

Image by Filippo Bolognese

Read more information here and follow the construction via a live webcam.

Building team
Architect: KAAN Architecten
Installation consultant: Sweegers en De Bruijn
Construction engineer: abtWassenaar
Building physics advisor: Peutz
Contractor: Aannemingsmaatschappij Hegeman BV, in collaboaration with: De Groot Installatiegroep
Contract management: ZRi
Infra: WMR
Landscape design: Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners

Images courtesy of the University of Groningen, unless otherwise stated.