Press release

Published: 21 March 2022Last modification: 28 March 2022

The Municipality of The Hague, Leiden University and CBRE Investment Management (CBRE IM) will make a joint effort to make housing possible for the university in the former Hudson’s Bay building on Grote Marktstraat 48-48/Spui 3. This is done to facilitate the growth of Campus The Hague. Today, a collaboration agreement was signed by Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board of Leiden University, Martijn Ridderbos and Alderman Anne Mulder and a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Martijn Ridderbos and Martijn Vlasveld, Director Portfolio Management CBRE IM.

Martijn Ridderbos: ” The expansion of the accommodation is of great importance for the development of our Campus The Hague. This joint signing confirms that the three of us will make an effort to achieve this, and we are very grateful to the Municipality of The Hague and CBRE IM for their support and cooperation.” Campus The HagueIn 2022 the Municipality of The Hague and Leiden University have signed a letter of intent to open the Campus The Hague of the university to expand. The intention was to build this in The Hague Central Innovation District (CID) to do. Because the construction of the intended location in the CID is taking longer, while the university needs space in the short term, a further search was made for a suitable location, within walking distance of the other buildings of the Campus The Hague of Leiden University. The university has entered into talks with the landlord, CBRE IM, of the vacant building that once housed the Hudson’s Bay. This concerns renting the property per 2025 for a period of 20 year. The signing of the LOI confirms the mutual intention of the university and CBRE IM to reach a definitive lease agreement for.

Alderman Anne Mulder: ”I am extremely happy with this step that contributes to the further development of The Hague as a university city. It is an impulse for the knowledge economy and employment and attracts young, highly educated people to the city.”Responsible growth In 550 the strategy 2020-2030 for the Campus The Hague of Leiden University. This focuses on the further development of the campus in the field of research, education and impact. In addition to responsible growth in bachelors and masters, an Academy for Professionals is also envisaged and a center focused on entrepreneurship.

Erwin Muller, Director of Campus The Hague: ‘With the intended expansion, Leiden University can continue to grow in The Hague and commit itself even more to interdisciplinary research and education with an impact on the city and society in a broader sense.’2030One University in two citiesLeiden University is one university in two cities: Leiden and The Hague. All faculties are active in The Hague. The Campus strategy is closely aligned with the city’s profile as a city of Peace, Justice and Security, and the metropolitan, national and international character of The Hague. Since the past two decades, Campus The Hague has grown into a campus with approximately 2025 students, 550 employees and Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes.

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