18 June 2017 • DUWO
Construction on Leemansplein has begun
A new student housing complex with 481 units is being built on Leemansplein in The Hague. The construction of the over 70 metre-high tower was commissioned by the DUWO, the accommodation provider for students. All parties involved (commissioning party, municipality and development group) celebrated the start of construction on 16 May with a festive gathering. Students will be able to move into the housing units before the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.
The new student housing complex will have 22 floors (where occupants on the top floors will have panoramic views of the Hofstad). For Hague students, the location is extremely practical, namely on the campus of The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the Mondriaan regional training centre. Public transport (train station, tram and bus) is only a stone’s throw away, as is the DUWO office and other facilities (such as Grand Café Siezo).
The 481 studies will be 21 m2 in size and have their own kitchen, bathroom and toilet, as well as an affordable rental price for students of around 340 euros, including power, water, heating, cable TV and Internet, and with a housing benefit rebate for those over 18 years of age. Shared facilities include a large laundry room, common area, bicycle parking facility and lifts. Central heating and solar panels on the roof will ensure a sustainable building.
The DUWO student housing complex is being built by a development group consisting of Ten Brinke Slot Projectontwikkeling and Plegt-Vos Bouwgroep. Apart from the student towers, there will also be around 120 starters apartments at the location (including the Vijverhof plan). This is one of the major projects being carried out in coming years in the former industrial area of Laakhavens (by this development group).
For Laakhavens, this new development will mean a considerable quality improvement. The renovation of the area began in the 1990s, when a transformation to a working, learning and shopping destination was launched. The arrival of The Hague University of Applied Sciences in particular created a need for housing for both students and young people, giving the neighbourhood an important housing function. The land on which the development is being built was originally owned by the city, but was transferred recently to DUWO.
The Hague alderman of Urban Development and Housing, Joris Wijsmuller, attended the festive celebration of the start of construction on behalf of the municipality. He, too, considers student housing an important contribution to improving the quality of the area. ‘The Hague is increasingly becoming a student city. And in this area in particular, the focus is on learning and living. The Leemanstoren is going to contribute significantly to that cross-pollination.’
The parties involved in the project jointly buried a time capsule between the piles of the building under construction. Alderman Wijsmuller gave (a figurine) of Hague Harry a trip to the future, while DUWO director Antoine Fraaij filled the time capsule with a modern student lease, the so-called ‘campus contract’, and Jan Lintsen, a member of the Executive Board of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, contributed a USB stick with (confidential) info on the university of applied sciences and Kitty Gort added a book on the origin of the project on behalf of Ten Brinke Slot Projectontwikkeling and Plegt-Vos Bouwgroep.