Later this year, a new sports centre will be appearing where a two-storey car park once stood. But not just any sports centre – one with three NOC*NSF-approved competition halls, two training rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium. Covering 8,800 m² (94,700 sq ft), the sports centre will provide facilities to some 11,000 members and twenty-five clubs across fifty or so sports.
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) will take ownership of the building, and the Erasmus Sport foundation will take on day-to-day management. The new sports centre will provide inspirational surroundings for staff and students to train and relax. As such, it forms part of the EUR’s plans to encourage physical exercise on campus.
Erasmus Sport’s director, Jon de Ruiter, summed it up perfectly, explaining, ‘Sport is the best supplement to studying at the EUR. And this building’s facilities will be the best imaginable!’
Time for renewal
One of the reasons for planning and building a new sports centre was the growing number of people applying to Erasmus Sport every year. What’s more, the existing building – dating back to 1969 – was incredibly outdated and becoming very expensive to maintain. The new building will provide every facility conceivable for a wide range of sports at every level. Top Dutch athletes Stephan Veen, Fatima Moreira de Melo and Koos Maasdijk were once Erasmus Sports members, too!
A unique characteristic of the new sports complex will be the interior walkway that connects its two halves. The covered walkway serves a logistical purpose and acts as a meeting point for the building’s visitors.
Read more about the sports centre’s design from its architect, VenhoevenCS.
The sports centre also excels in sustainability – a step towards achieving the EUR’s goals of creating a sustainable and CO2-neutral campus. It will be 100% self-sufficient in power thanks to its roof-mounted solar panels and will partly be realised according to the principles of circular construction.
Timeline to completion
Preparation of the vacant plot next to the Sanders Building started at the end of 2020, and construction will begin in 2021. We anticipate that the building should be completed and in use by early 2022.
The campus’s current sports centre will remain in use until then, so staff and students can continue training. However, as soon as the new facilities open, we’ll transform the old facilities into temporary examination space before final demolition.
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