The Echo teaching building will be built on the current site of the parking spaces behind the Faculty of CEG. To compensate for this, a new multi-storey car park will be built at P-sports in late 2018, just walking distance from Stevin. The overall parking capacity will remain unchanged. This redevelopment is part of the general plan to exchange the present small car parks dispersed around the campus for large, easily accessible car parks on the campus perimeter.
Materials for lab research in the large Stevin halls sometimes have to be delivered and collected as heavy freight. The main logistic routes and connecting roads through the area will be maintained in a way that guarantees user safety and does not disturb teaching and research activities. Extra facilities will be available for the numerous cyclists and pedestrians who use the area, including bike racks, paths and special pedestrian and cycle routes.
The aim of the redevelopment work on Stevin is to link existing and new buildings, functions and users, and forge a single entity from all the individual components. This makes it a complex redevelopment that requires a coordinated strategy. Various aspects such as spatial planning, mobility and accessibility must be carefully aligned. As the area’s primary process (teaching and research) must continue during the work, regular meetings will be held between area developers and users to discuss the various interventions and changes.
Redeveloping an area in this way is an opportunity and reason for re-laying, modernising or replacing electricity and telecommunication cables, and gas, water and sewerage pipes. This is also true of the Stevin redevelopment. New network connections will be made for the old and the new buildings and facilities. They will be future-proof and flexible, so that they can be modified and new applications added at a later stage if required.