On 2 June, the University of Groningen became the new owner of the building located at Boteringestraat 18, which currently houses the Groningen Public Library. The building will eventually become the new home for the Faculty of Law.
For many years, the Faculties of Arts and Law have shared accommodation in the Harmonie Complex. However, the growing numbers of students and staff has meant that the Faculty of Law has become increasing fragmented and feels a pressing need for separate premises in the city centre.
The relocation of the Faculty of Law also means that the Harmonie Complex can be renovated. Both changes are part of large-scale renovation plans for the University as a whole. The University has planned a major overhaul of all its property over the next ten years, which will involve renovations, sustainability refurbishments and reorganizations wherever needed. The main aim is to create more unity and more efficient business operations, and to reduce energy consumption in all the buildings. More information about these plans will follow at a later stage.
The University has had its eye on the 9,500 m2 library building for some time. Both the University and the vendor, Unibail-Rodamco, are delighted to have reached an agreement. The renovation work will begin once the Public Library has moved to the Groninger Forum in mid-2017. Until this time, the University will rent the building to the Public Library.
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