This will be the Faculty of Science & Engineering’s third new building, after Bernoulliborg and Linnaeusborg. It will replace Nijenborgh 4. The new building will accommodate facilities for some 1400 students and 850 staff. In addition to offices and lecture halls, the building will also comprise a range of special research facilities, including physics, biochemistry and vibration-free labs.
Why a new building?
Construction of Nijenborgh 4 began in 1965 as the primary location for the Faculty of Chemistry. It consists of several large building blocks which are connected by long walkways.
Many of the installations and building components are now approaching the end of their technical lifespan and the building no longer meets today’s high standards. After several incidents the University decided to take measures. The University was faced with the choice between substantially renovating Nijenborgh 4 or replacing it with a new building. After thorough research (cost/benefit analysis) the decision was taken to build a new modern building for Nijenborgh 4, in two phases.
After the Bernoulliborg and Linnaeusborg buildings, this will be the third new building for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In March 2014 the University decided to name the new building Feringa Building .
New Building: Feringa Building
The new building (53.000 square metres) will be one of the largest construction projects in the Netherlands and will house some 1.400 students and 850 staff members. Alongside offices and teaching rooms, the building will also house a wide range of specialized laboratories, including physics, chemistry, low-vibration and engineering labs.
Teaching and research
The Feringa Building will house a bachelor and master degree programmes in Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy and Industrial Engineering & Management Science. In addition, the following research institutes will be located here: Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, GBB* – Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, ITM – Research Institute of Technology and Management, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry **, CTN – Centre for Theoretical Physics and Kapteyn Institute / SRON – Netherlands Institute for Space Research. ESRIG will be located in the Energy Academy Europe, but a close relationship with Zernike will be remained by a connection between the two buildings.
The new building promises to be very sustainable. The key focus is on a flexible and future-proof building, the use of long-life materials and a small environmental footprint. The aim is to achieve the BREEAM-NL Very Good level at the very least. If possible, we will aim for the Excellent-label in de Design phase.
University of Groningen withdraws call for tenders for Feringa Building
The Board of the University of Groningen has decided to stop seeking a contractor for the new Feringa Building on the Zernike Campus. Continuation of the procedure will lead to too large a gap between the project budget and the sums which contractors are expected to bid. This is the conclusion reached by the UG. The result is that the plan must be significantly modified, and a new procurement effort will have to be launched.
‘Obviously we regret having to take this decision’, says Jan de Jeu, Vice President of the Board, ‘but we came to the conclusion that, given the current economic context, the selected call for tenders did not generate enough competition.’ In consultation with the Faculty of Science and Engineering and all parties involved, we will have to see what this means for the timeline of the project. We believe it is possible to adapt the construction process in such a way that further delays will be limited.’