Dura Vermeer’s plan was chosen as the best in the European tendering process. They will convert ‘Potentiaal’, the 16 floor, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) building, into a tower block of around 300 housing units. The nearby Corona building will also be renovated. Of course, Van Rossum is proud that they will again be working on this project, with Dura Vermeer and the architects Diederendirrix.
Potentiaal and Corona will be handed over to Dura Vermeer by the TU/e at the start of 2015. The contract is for 50 years. Accommodation will be created not just for students in the TU/e Science Park, not just but for young, international researchers as well. There will also be a restaurant, café, small retailers and covered bicycle parking. The TU/e rents about 3,000 m2 of space to the cultural associations connected with the university, many of which are currently off-campus. The renovation will also mean that the buildings will be sustainable and energy neutral. Dura Vermeer is currently looking for a third party to run the buildings once they are completed.
The TU/e is divesting itself of Potentiaal and Corona to create a more compact university as part of the project, Campus 2020.
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering is currently housed in the buildings but it will move to a new building at the end of the year.
TU/e Science Park
Dura Vermeer’s plan dovetails with the TU/e’s intention to transform the university campus into a Science Park, according to Mr. Van Ham, vice-president of the Executive Council of the TU/e. It should become an area for education, living, entrepreneurship and sport.