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Area vision for decision making to municipal council Noordwijk

16 november 2020
Area vision for decision making to municipal council Noordwijk

On Tuesday 15 December the strategic area vision will be discussed by the Municipal Council for its final review.

When the city council decides to adopt our plan, a new guideline framework for the transformation of the business park into a campus environment will emerge. This is an important step towards realising our joint ambition to make Space Campus a success.

The strategic area vision also contains an indicative business case for the Basecamp with a financial strategy. The aim is to add those facilities in the area that we call the 'bare minimum' that are needed to facilitate and stimulate campus development (such as a catering facility, meeting rooms, a Fablab, flexible office space, etc.). This Basecamp aims to accelerate the development in the area, activate the plan area and facilitate and stimulate parties to meet and collaborate.

Brief explanation of the area vision:

After adoption by the municipal council, the area vision with the ground rules and financial basic principles will be the new framework on the basis of which agreements can be made with interested parties. Existing parties are also expected to commit themselves to this new framework.


The proposed framework includes the following interventions to stimulate and facilitate this campus development:

  • Improving accessibility through fast public transport, mobility services and exploring the construction of a regional mobility hub;

  • The activation of the area through a landscape layout with walkways and sports and game elements that match the Space look and feel and invite people to meet each other;

  • A centrally located Basecamp with communal functions and affordable spaces, modular and adaptable in time with a temporary event area and parking;

  • A physical connection to ESA ESTEC, making ESA ESTEC a real part of the Space Campus both physically and mentally and emotionally;

  • Providing facilities and working space for less wealthy players (such as startups and scale-ups) that are of great value to campus development;

  • Providing an assessment framework for the use of public funds (from the Regiodeal) and creating an investment agenda;

  • The use of Region deal public funds on those elements that are of great value to the campus but which will not be realised without contributions from the public;

  • Maintaining direction and long-term commitment to the campus goals from the public parties;

  • The leasing model (erfpachtmodel) as frequently used by other campuses as a suitable financial model for at least the campus heart, the Basecamp. This model fits in with the objectives: directing from one hand, maintaining future value development, and as a financing model in which the initial investment is limited. The design has been chosen in such a way as to ensure cost recovery for the municipal land use, with the costs being covered by an annual leasehold canon;

  • A flexible interpretation of the current zoning plan for Noordwijkse Bedrijventerrein so that the Space Campus can be made possible in terms of planning;

  • Rules of play such as a central catering facility and no restaurant facilities in the other buildings on the campus (as is also the case at Brainport Eindhoven, for example) to encourage people to meet each other.


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