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Plaque unveiling at Nova College

October 21, 2019 Start of a new phase

On Thursday 17 October, Nova College commemorated the completion of one phase of development and the start of another in the expansion of its campus on the Zijlweg in Haarlem. Paul Rullmann, former chairman of Nova College’s supervisory board, and four social work students jointly unveiled the plaque by the first tree. The tree symbolises student growth during their time at the college.

The expansion is necessary to accommodate several courses that are currently run from other locations in Haarlem (namely Schoterstraat and Planetenlaan). Paul de Ruiter Architects was responsible for the design of the buildings, which include a new energy-neutral educational building and a pavilion, while ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) designed the outdoor areas, which promise to be an inviting and relaxing, leafy landscape of natural colour. The contractor for the project is a consortium of the HBB Groep and De Geus Bouw.

The next phase

The plaque unveiling by the first tree (a European white lime) commemorates the progress made thus far and marks the start of the next phase of development, namely that of the outdoor areas. The design for these areas incorporates the wishes of students, teachers and local residents, as well as all logistic requirements. The campus will be bordered by a ring of green, including a sloping apron of indigenous shrubs along the southern perimeter. There will also be lots of tree, especially of the local variety. Following the unveiling, the first tree was temporarily relocated to a quiet spot on the site to keep it out of harm’s way for the duration of the development. The new campus is scheduled for completion in mid-2020.

Visit the project page on our website for more information about the new campus.

Photography: Nova College

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