With 'learning' as the central theme, Maastricht University, the Municipality of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg are working together to revitalise the former Tapijn barracks. In the coming years, the area will be converted into a public park, with buildings that are intended for education and research, as well as eateries for the broader public. Tapijn will be a place where the students, businesses and residents of the city come together.
Design renovations Tapijn scores excellent sustainability certificateWednesday, September 25, 2019
The design for the renovation of the former Tapijn barracks has been awarded the BREEAM-NL New Construction and Renovation certificate. The certificate has been achieved with a score of no less than 80.14 and is therefore entitled "excellent".
Successful Construction Day at TapijnMonday, June 17, 2019
On Saturday 15 June the construction site of former Tapijn barracks was open for visitors.
Redevelopment of Tapijn officially underwayTuesday, April 2, 2019
The redevelopment of the former Tapijn barracks in Maastricht has officially begun. The starting shot was given on 1 April 2019.
Space for education and research
Both the old and new buildings will soon provide space for education and research. In particular, the Maastricht Science Programme, part of the University Library and part of the School of Business and Economics will be housed there. The buildings will be equipped with two lecture halls, teaching rooms to support Problem-Based Learning and new learning spaces for students.
What will Tapijn look like in 2023?
The buildings that are not listed as monuments will be demolished and the monuments will be redesigned and renovated. In the middle of the site, a new building will be constructed, which will largely be underground. This new building will later connect the other buildings with each other. In line with the buildings, the public space will be redesigned as a green park, containing the revamped animal park, the Tapijn garden, and cycling and walking paths. Along the Jeker will later come a food, education and play area with fruit that people can pick, information about the animals and the area, and tree trunks to play on. The land around the buildings will be lowered to provide daylight in the underground building.
The images below give an impression of phase 1 of Tapijn, to be completed in 2020.
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The entire transformation of both the park and the buildings will take place in three phases. In phase 1/park, the animal park and the Tapijn gardens are revamped; that was completed in the summer of 2018. In phase 1/buildings, the monumental buildings will be renovated; this phase has started 1 April 2019. UM will be able to use these buildings in the beginning of 2020. Concurrent with phase 1/buildings, phase 2/park will also take place in which the park surrounding the monumental buildings will be redesigned. Phases 2 and 3/buildings and phase 3/park will start later. According to the planning, the entire site will be completed in 2023.
Sustainability: WELL Building Standard and BREEAM
WELL Building Standard
UM has registered the Tapijn barracks for the WELL Building Standard. This acknowledges contributions to the health and well-being of the users of the buildings and the combination of best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions. Consideration is given to the design, use of light, and air quality, as well as to stimulating healthy activity and movement among students and staff. The goal is to have these buildings be the first to get certified and then to use the knowledge gained in all of the university’s real estate activities.
In addition, UM aims to obtain the four-star BREEAM certification. For this, the sustainability value of the site in terms of management, health, energy, transport, water, materials, waste, land use and ecology, and pollution is examined. In this way, the buildings that haven't been used for years will be given a sustainable new function with a public character in the historic city of Maastricht. Certain standards and goals have already been set during the design phase, and must ensure that the Excellent score is achieved. For example, LED lighting, CO2-controlled ventilation, isolation, energy and water use, waste processing, etc. have been considered. An independent engineering and consultancy firm supervises and monitors the measures to be taken. More information can be found in the Case study MAN9a (PDF download in Dutch) of LIAG architects and building consultants.
Both ambitions are in line with UM's objectives in the area of sustainability. In both education and research, UM is active in the fields of well-being and health and how these are related to the environment. In this respect, Tapijn can serve as a living lab for UM’s primary process. Phase 1 of Tapijn is also energy-neutral and is no longer reliant upon gas.
The Tapijn barracks were officially acquired on 1 October 2013 by Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg and the Municipality of Maastricht. The university has recently gained ownership of all of the buildings. The municipality owns the land surrounding the buildings.
Work in progress
Construction company Mertens is monitoring the progress of the construction via live stream camera. Watch as progress is made each day.
Work in progress during 'phase 1/buildings'
Photos by Joey Roberts