16-11-2021 IADP welcomes new partner VKZ

VKZ is the new partner in IADP’s expanding network. VKZ is an independent consultancy firm that advises private and public parties on new construction, redevelopment of real estate (portfolios) and large-scale area developments. This is done from various perspectives such as finance, process- and project management, market research, concept development, marketing and mediation. VKZ has extensive experience and gives support and advice from the first budget estimate and (financial) business case to the exploitation and sale of a project. Sustainability and the consequences of new developments and human behaviour are aspects that are firmly embedded in every process and project.
IADP is pleased with this new partner who contributes with her expertise to a further broadening of knowledge within IADP. This will boost the knowledge exchange between our partners and offers opportunities for the formation of interdisciplinary consultancy combinations in the development of innovation areas.

Artist impression of Pivot Park. VKZ is assisting Pivot Park with the area development and the concrete development of a number of new laboratories/office buildings. This artist impression was made by VSAP Architects & Planners.
10-11-2021 IADP yearly autumn meeting; once again a great success!

On November 9th 2021 IADP organized its annual Autumn Meeting. We were very happy that despite Corona restrictions, together with about twenty-five partners we gathered and exchanged ideas in person. Tom Straeter of Kadans Science Partner, who hosted the meeting, shared the developments of Kadans Science Partner.
The meeting took place in the recently-opened Plus Ultra II building at the Wageningen Campus (The Netherlands). A very impressive building designed by Roy Pype (Proof of the sum), who talked about the design principles, aimed at promoting interaction. Marjolein Brasz (Foodvalley) shared her experiences with the building in her role as a tenant.
Jacques van Dinteren (IADP) highlighted some insights from a large number of global developments in the field of areas of innovation. Rikus Wolbers (Oost NL) looked back on his years as director of the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and told the audience about the do’s and don’ts of managing such an innovation area. The newly established campus community fund of Campus Groningen was explained by Annet de Vree and Ronald Hesse. Finally, we went for a tour in the two Plus Ultra buildings and finished the successful afternoon with informal drinks. What a pleasure to finally meet each other again in person!

18-10-2021 Jet Brains Campus, St. Petersburg (Russia)

Today, designing workplaces isn’t about designing for efficiency. Rather, it requires us to take a more holistic approach, where inclusion, equity, resilience, sustainability, and most importantly, health, are key drivers. The new JetBrains campus in St. Petersburg, designed by our partner UNStudio, is a prime example of this.

Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, this modern workplace will be a warm, green, transparent, open and inviting space for employees. What our decades of experience and research have shown us is that designing a workplace that focuses on the wellbeing of staff, can have a hugely positive impact on not only their physical and mental health but also their creativity and therefore productivity.

You can find out more about the approach to this design here:

Designed by UNStudio

Visualisations: ZOA Studio, AAND3

Jet Brains Campus, St. Petersburg
07-10-2021 Najaarsbijeenkomst IADP

De Najaarsbijeenkomst van IADP vindt dit jaar plaats op dinsdag 9 november aanstaande in Connect, de meeting room op de brug tussen Plus Ultra I en Plus Ultra II op de campus in Wageningen (adres: Bronland 10, 6708 WH Wageningen). Het betreft een besloten bijeenkomst van IADP-partners.

Het programma is als volgt:

14.30 uur            Ontvangst

15.00 uur            Welkom, Paul Jansen, IADP/Arup

15.05 uur            Welkom in Ultra Plus II, Tom Straeter & Rik Creemers, Kadans Science Partner

15.15 uur            Werken in Ultra Plus II, Marjolein Brasz, Food Valley

15.25 uur            Hoe het ontwerp kennisdeling stimuleert, Roy Pype, Proof of the sum

15.45 uur            Het nieuwe RIVM gebouw, Gerard Streng, Strukton

16.00 uur            Do’s en dont’s van  science park management, Rikus Wolbers, Oost NL

16.20 uur            Het Campus Community Fund, Annet de Vree & Ronald Hesse, Campus Groningen

16.35 uur            Terugblik en vooruitblik IADP, Jacques van Dinteren, IADP

16.40 uur            Rondleiding door Ultra Plus II

17.00 uur            Napraten met een drankje en een hapje

08-09-2021 Brainport Industries Campus new IADP-partner

We are very pleased to announce that the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has joined the Innovation Area Development Partnership.
BIC is an international campus development where top technology, education, government and high-quality facilities come together under one roof. Smart Industry is literally getting off the ground here, in a completely circular building with a modular design. It is the place where the high-tech manufacturing industry meets, where companies learn from each other and work directly with the new generation of technically trained people. In this way, optimal use is made of knowledge and skills to arrive at innovative solutions and innovation.
BIC also offers facilities that otherwise are hard to access or unaffordable. And because there is so much specialism around, there are numerous opportunities to continue to work on innovation with other tenants. This is what the campus’ entire climate is aimed at. Moreover, those who set up a business at Brainport Industries Campus can create their ideal working environment. Thanks to a modular building system, freedom of choice and flexibility know no bounds here.
Campus management realises efficiency and offers friendly and state-of-the-art service. As such, it is more than just management and retained organisation of the campus. All forms of services provided by campus management and its partners focus on the users and continuous attention is paid to the environment, sustainability and (information) security. The service provision process is structured in such a way that it facilitates the customer process to the greatest possible extent and causes minimum disruption. Contact with users is characterised by mutual transparency and openness.
More information about BIC can be found here:

Brainport Industries Campus, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
01-07-2021 Utrecht Science Park builds the largest rainbow path in the world

Thanks to a student initiative, Utrecht Science Park in The Netherlands will have the longest rainbow bike path in the world: its founding partners the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht have joined forces to create it, as a symbol to show that everybody is welcome to be who they are.

At 570 metres long, it is the longest rainbow cycle path in the world and was created to mark international Pride month. Although the rainbow flag applied to the cycle path is a symbol of the LGBTQI+ community, all parties involved want the cycle path to give a signal about diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense of the word, and the three universities are also seizing the opportunity of the rainbow bike path to jointly launch a diversity and inclusion programme.

“We want to show that everyone can be themselves and is welcome in the Utrecht Science Park,” says Elena Valbusa, Diversity Officer of University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. “Everyone, so regardless of your colour, sexual orientation, cultural background, but also regardless of your disability or your parents’ income. We prefer to look at the human being, with everyone’s own talents and qualities and how we can develop them further.”

Melody Deldjou Fard, a city council member for GroenLinks, was one of the earliest supporters of the idea. “I thought it was a great idea. The future of our country is taking shape in the Utrecht Science Park. And that’s exactly why it’s important to make diversity and inclusion explicitly visible here,” she commented.

The bike path was the initiative of student Elias van Mourik (22), who hopes that it will contribute to a feeling of acceptance and inspire others to also actively contribute to diversity and inclusion. “A lot of people live, work and study in the Utrecht Science Park. It’s therefore great that at such a location you get a symbol that shows that everyone is accepted.”

To learn more about Utrecht Science Park and its community, visit

08-06-2021 Bert Krikke succeeds Rikus Wolbers as director of Novio Tech Campus

Bert Krikke is the new director of Novio Tech Campus. As of July 1st he will take over the position from Rikus Wolbers. Krikke is looking forward to taking the next step in further growing the campus.

As of July 1st, Bert Krikke starts as general director of Novio Tech Campus. Krikke: “Now is a good time to take over this position. The municipality of Nijmegen has a new development vision with growth opportunities for NTC to the surrounding area. Health and High Tech are in the spotlight now more than ever. Together with all partners and stakeholders, we want to realise our growth ambition.” 

Roel Fonville, Chairman of the Board of Novio Tech Campus, “Rikus Wolbers has led the successful start and development of the Novio Tech Campus with full commitment and is handing over a fine organisation to Bert Krikke. The board, therefore, looks forward with confidence to the next steps in the development of the Campus, for which Bert Krikke brings the perfect expertise.”

Krikke takes over the role of Rikus Wolbers, who has been involved as director of the Campus since the beginning. Wolbers: “The first steps and further development of the Campus and the companies on it have been made in recent years. I have enjoyed working on this with a great deal of pleasure. Now it’s time for the next step, both for Novio Tech Campus and its expansion plans and for me personally.” 

In recent years, Krikke was involved in several sustainable area developments in the Netherlands, such as Ecomunitypark in Friesland and the Floriade area in Almere. Krikke: “Working from a strong concept is essential for campuses. Strengthening our position, focusing on integral sustainability and creating an optimal working and living climate for existing and new companies will be our challenge.”

Bert Krikke specialises in the sustainable development of buildings and areas and also has extensive experience in public-private partnerships and project financing. He is looking forward to using his expertise to further develop the Nijmegen hotspot for innovation in Health and High Tech: Novio Tech Campus.

Image: Bert Beelen. Left: Bert Krikke, right: Rikus Wolbers
02-06-2021 Kadans Science Partner acquires Rotterdam Science Tower

Kadans Science Partner has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of the Rotterdam Science Tower. With this addition to the portfolio, Kadans is now also active in Rotterdam. In recent years the tower has become an international landing place for innovation and entrepreneurship. A great next step for Kadans to grow into an international ecosystem of science parks.

The building was developed in 1975 and redeveloped in 2012 into the multifunctional office and laboratory building it is known for today. Rotterdam Science Tower has over 40,000 m2, including 622 parking spaces in the adjacent parking garage. A large part is a high-quality laboratory and office space. The location is easily accessible by both public transport and car. Various knowledge-intensive companies and institutes are currently active in the tower, such as ViroClinincs, the Erasmus MC incubator and the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Kadans Science Partner is buying the building from a private investor who, in collaboration with Cyclus Property, has laid the foundation for the implementation of a successful innovation and life sciences strategy. A start was also made on renovating the building and making it more sustainable. Kadans will continue to renovate the building in the coming period, particularly paying attention to the creation of high-quality office and laboratory spaces. Making the building more sustainable is also an important part of this. Kadans will also manage the building and provide the high level of service that goes with it.

Chiel van Dijen MRE, Commercial Director Kadans Science Partner: “We are delighted to expand our portfolio in Rotterdam. Rotterdam Science Tower is an important location for innovation, entrepreneurship and future development. This is a great step for us that fits within our growth ambition”.

Another important part of the renovation is the creation of inspiring, central meeting spaces. This is an important part of all Kadans’ buildings. This is where tenants meet, knowledge is exchanged and collaborations form. Kadans wants to realize this in the Rotterdam Science Tower too. The building is internationally known as a strong centre of innovation and entrepreneurship. The strong mix of tenants in the building means there are plenty of knowledge, innovation and R&D opportunities. This is in line with Kadans’ mission to create one strong ecosystem of science parks throughout Europe in which collaboration is sought between industry, universities, science parks and government. The addition of the Rotterdam Science Tower is a great step in this direction.

Rotterdam Science Tower
01-06-2021 Grizzly Oss: where mutliple talents meet at Pivot Park

Pivot Park in Oss, The Netherlands, is an inspiring campus for open innovation in the life sciences. For starters and existing companies. Pivot Park was created in February 2012 from an initiative of the pharmaceutical company MSD in close collaboration with five partners: the province of Noord-Brabant, the municipality of Oss, the Dutch ministries of Economic Affairs and of Health, Welfare and Sport, and the Brabant Development Company. (BOM). The Province of Noord-Brabant is the shareholder of Pivot Park. Proof of the sum takes care of the architectural design and interior design.

With Grizzly, a more than 10,000 m2 new multi-tenant building is being realized. The building will provide office and laboratory space for scale-ups and growing companies in the pharmaceutical sector. In addition to the research areas, Grizzly provides shared meeting facilities, co-working zones, roof terraces and a range of meeting places. The central atrium is accessible to all users. The shared functions are spread over the atrium. By carefully designing transparency, walking lines, (sight) distances and the strategic positioning of the various shared facilities, knowledge sharing is promoted without losing sight of the privacy of individual tenants. The atrium will be the beating heart of Grizzly. It cannot be read in one go, but unfolds in a different way on each floor.

The basic floor plan is divided into 4 quadrants. Each quadrant forms a rentable space of approximately 250m. These can easily be switched so that a tenant can eventually also lease an entire building layer. However, the atrium will always be accessible. The chemical and biological laboratories are flexible and can be used modularly to meet the diverse requirements in the development of new medicines or related pharmaceutical research.

Pivot Park pursues a high sustainability ambition. Grizzly is already being developed in accordance with future NZEB legislation. The construction of Grizzly is scheduled to start in the second half of 2021.

Copyright Proof of the sum
18-05-2021 IADP partner Karres en Brands opens office in Hamburg, Germany

The opening of Karres en Brands, Hilversum, Hamburg second office in Germany is the result of many years of collaborations and assignments. Their new office is located on the ground floor of the “Branthshof” building in a vibrant district in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city. Both the city and region have unique economic opportunities and spatial challenges that match the expertise of Karres en Brands.

Read the full statement here:

27-04-2021 Ecosystem insights sharing real-life experience

Although the interest in innovation ecosystems has increased significantly in recent years, there is still a great deal of ambiguity surrounding the nature of innovation ecosystems and how best use can be made of them. 
Ecosystem Navigators, the international partnership established last year by among others Food Mountain, therefore decided to launch Ecosystem Insights ( Here, leaders in the field who actually work in and with innovation ecosystems on a daily basis are interviewed. The lessons and approaches they share with us represent a wealth of insights, relevant in many ways: 
– offering practical guidance to companies on how to get engaged in innovation ecosystems;
– discussing principles for designing an ecosystem policy;
– bringing forward ways how to organize the interface between knowledge institutions and companies.

Examples from various innovation hotspots in the world, cases from different sectors and actors with different backgrounds offer a truly unique insight into the fascinating world of innovation ecosystems.

More information:

26-04-2021 Randwick Health Precinct, Sidney

The first milestone in the master plan for the Randwick health precinct in Sydney! The Randwick health precinct is beginning to take shape as the highest point is reached in the construction of the new Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building. The milestone is part of an unprecedented $1.5 billion investment in health at Randwick to deliver new models of care, ground-breaking health, education and research partnerships, and economic growth to directly benefit South East Sydney and the NSW community.

In the past years, in collaboration with Architecture BVN and TERROIR, our partner Karres en Brands, Hilversum, Hamburg designed a master plan for the redevelopment and expansion of the Randwick Health Project, a prominent complex of academic hospitals and research institutes in Sydney. The master plan responds to changing demand in healthcare environments. Rather than a traditional, large-scale hospital for the treatment of illnesses, Randwick health precinct will shift to a holistic healthcare environment that focuses on prevention, education and self-reliance – a care environment in which humans, and the human scale, are central.

21-04-2021 More information about the built environment, interaction and innovation

Thanks to everyone who attended the IASP – International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation / IADP webinar this afternoon. Thanks especially to Harriet Edwards and Francesca Antoniazzi for the organisation.
During this webinar, Tom MinderhoudFrank WernerRoy PypePaul Jansen and Jacques van Dinteren talked about how the built environment (in the broad sense of the word) can foster interaction and thus innovation. The new office in Amsterdam and the central innovation district of Eindhoven were described as examples. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to show more examples, but this was solved by bringing them together on the IADP website. See:

UNStudio – KCAP Architects&Planners – Arup – Proof of the sum – Karres en Brands, Hilversum, Hamburg

Illustration by INStudio

19-04-2021 Poonawalla Science Park BV joins IADP

After welcoming several new partners earlier this year, now Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven has joined us as well. Poonawalla Science Park BV is the owner and manager of this park since 2016. Knowledge institutions, research institutes and companies on both the Utrecht Science Park and Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven work intensively together to find new solutions for longer and healthier life. Jef de Clercq, CEO Poonawalla Science Park B.V.: “A wide variety of life sciences companies are located at both locations. For further development, we see great added value in the cooperation of both locations.”

By combining knowledge, network and facilities, fundamental research finds a direct route to the production of the final medicine or vaccine. This will enable major steps to be taken towards developing more and better vaccines and medicines and making health accessible to everyone. The relocation of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) to the Utrecht Science Park will also create space to attract new companies to Bilthoven that will further strengthen the value chain. This will lead to a large-scale transformation of the park. This will offer plenty of room for new developments and a rearrangement of the current users of the park.

Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven, managed by Poonawalla Science Park BV (© Proof of the Sum)

08-04-2021 Webinar: How the built environment stimulates interaction in Areas of Innovation

Explore how the built environment can stimulate innovation and interaction in AOIs, in this webinar of IASP – International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation in cooperation with IADP.

Date: from 3-4pm CEST on April 20th.

The strength of AOIs lies in their opportunities for interaction. Intentional and accidental encounters between the ‘residents’ of an AOI contribute to a climate of innovation and knowledge-sharing, and the layout of buildings, their mutual placement and the creation of meeting spaces all have an important role to play. Join Jacques van Dinteren, president IADP, with expert panellists Roy Pype, director Proof of the Sum, Frank Werner, director KCAP Architects & Planners, Teun Bimbergen, Business Developer UNStudio, Darius Reznek, Partner / Designer at Karres en Brands, and Paul Jansen, vice president of IADP, as they discuss this key topic.


15.00 h Harriet Edwards, Media & Community Manager IASP
– Welcome
– The concept of Tuesday’s with IASP
– Webinars coming up
15.05 h Jacques van Dinteren, president IADP
– Welcome / What is IADP?
– Interaction and the built environment through the decades
15.15 h Roy Pype, director Proof of the sum
– Designing for knowledge sharing
15.25 h Frank Werner, director KCAP Architects&Planners
– Creating the Eindhoven Innovation District
15.35 h Tom Minderhoud, senior architect / associate at UNStudio
– A look inside the new building
15.45 h Discussion led by Paul Jansen, vice president IADP. Participants are the previously mentioned speakers, Darius Reznek (Partner / Designer at Karres en Brands) and of course the participants of this webinar.
16.05 h Jacques van Dinteren, president IADP
– Some brief conclusions
16.10 h Closure of the session by Harriet Edwards

© UNStudio

07-04-2021 HMO new partner within IADP

We are pleased to inform you that HMO has joined the IADP. HMO works together with municipalities and entrepreneurs on modern, well-functioning business parks, office locations and inner cities in the Dutch province of Overijssel through research, advice and investment.

Areas of innovation occupy a special place in this. For example, HMO also advises the Polymer Science Park, the industrial breeding ground for plastics technology. A pearl in the innovation landscape of Overijssel is Kennispark Twente, where HMO is involved in further development. Or take building N at High Tech Systems Park (HTSP; see photo) which aims to create an environment where companies can easily meet and where they are encouraged to strengthen their business and operations together. Enjoy business! The layout of the building facilitates meeting and cooperation, through open and inspiring work and meeting spaces.

Given the specific expertise of HMO, the partners within IADP are looking forward to cooperation and knowledge sharing with HMO!

Building N on High Tech Systems Park (Hengelo, The Netherlands)

30-03-2021 Innovation District in the centre of Eindhoven to be developed

The Development Vision Fellenoord/Internationale Knoop XL has been adopted unanimously by the Eindhoven City Council and approved for further development. KCAP Architects&Planners designs and manages for and in cooperation with the municipality of Eindhoven the development vision to transform the mono-functional station area into a future-proof, lively, and mixed urban district.

The Development Vision Fellenoord/Internationale Knoop XL, KCAP’s urban plan for the development of the northern part of Eindhoven’s station precinct, will be the future heart of Brainport Eindhoven. It will strengthen the region’s strategic position on a national and international level. The Dutch government and the Province of Noord-Brabant are therefore closely involved in the development of the plan.

Frank Werner, urban designer and director of KCAP, says: “This major station development will bridge barriers and reconnect all parts of the city to its heart. It will be the motor of 21st century Eindhoven.”

More information:
VR model:

16-03-2021 The City of The Hague joins IADP

In The Hague (The Netherlands) social impact and economic success go hand in hand and innovative solutions are being created to help build a better world. The Hague develops platforms that connect start-ups, governments, international organisations, higher education institutions, knowledge centres and creative entrepreneurs. The city is committed to the development of The Central Innovation District (CID), the area between and around the city’s three railway stations. The CID is the economic heart of The Hague and a national hub where 90.000 people work and over 30.000 people study to create a better, safer and more just world in a digital age. By 2040, the CID will have developed into an attractive international hub with a regional impact. It focuses on creating economic growth, with plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurship, personal growth and sustainable employment for future generations in an attractive, liveable and inclusive environment. “Working, learning and innovating in The Hague” is an approach that integrates living, playing and commuting. Given these ambitions, the municipality of The Hague has decided to join IADP in order to exchange views and knowledge with other IADP partners.

15-03-2021 Success factors of science parks re-examined

Innovation is the keyword in government plans to strengthen the economic climate. Numerous conditions will have to be created for a successful innovation policy. What cannot be overlooked in this process is the specific environment that businesses require to be able to work on new ideas, products and services successfully. Areas of innovation can provide such an environment. We have drawn up a first list of success factors that are crucial for the development of these areas in 2015. More research is now available and sometimes the success factors themselves are also the subject of research. New publications provide the opportunity to refine and expand the list made previously. Once again, we make a distinction between regional factors and factors relating to the development itself. The focus here is limited to science parks.
You will find our blog here:

06-03-2021 Groningen Campus Community Fund

Since the launch of the Campus Community Fund (CCF) in September 2020, this Dutch financing platform has invested more than 60 million euros in the development of Campus Groningen. The investments have been made in real estate, such as the Innovation Center Chemistry & Engineering on Campus Groningen, in facilities such as Innolab Chemistry and Innolab Engineering, in promising startups such as Reperio, QDI Systems and SG Papertronics and in large projects such as Open Diagnostics, Fascinating and 3D Implants.

Rabobank Stad en Midden Groningen, NOM and Campus Groningen committed themselves to be the first implementation partners of the CCF during the launch of the financing platform. The CCF aims to have realized 500 million euros in investments by the end of 2025. By the end of 2021, the counter will have to reach 100 million euros and it will already be 60 million euros by the end of the first quarter of 2021. “A dynamic start, and in the meantime the following projects are already ready for financing,” says platform manager Ronald Hesse.
More information:

Avebe Innolab at Groningen Campus, The Netherlands

05-03-2021 Amsterdam & Innovation districts

Silicon Canals caught up with em. prof. dr. Jacques van Dinteren, President of the Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP) to better understand the significance of innovation districts and their impact on the city of Amsterdam.
Read the exclusive interview here:

24-02-2021 New book on Innovation Areas

IADP published a new book on innovation areas to mark the fifth anniversary of IADP. Em. prof. dr. Jacques van Dinteren and Paul Jansen MSc provided the texts. In seven chapters the reader gets a good insight into the latest developments in science parks and innovation districts.
– Facilitating knowledge development
– Success factors
– Science parks: stimulating innovation or just iconic for firms?
– Considerations for science parks to remain competitive
– The emergence of innovation districts in the UK
– The university as a catalyst in innovation district development
– Managing the ecosystem
More information can be found here:

09-02-2021 New partner: Royal HaskoningDHV

IADP is delighted to welcome Royal HaskoningDHV, an independent international engineering consultancy which is leading the way in sustainable development and innovation. Operating globally, the organisation is involved in vital activities for the smooth functioning of society across public and private sectors. These range from pharmaceuticals, technology and food companies to universities, hospitals and transport hubs – and much more besides. With its multi-disciplinary expertise, it offers resilient, integrated solutions to highly complex problems, including climate change. The entire market chain is covered from strategy, masterplanning and business case consultancy through design and engineering services to process support and asset management. Digital innovation is a key part of the company’s strategic agenda, seamlessly integrating deep engineering intelligence with the latest digital technologies and software solutions. Key themes for discussions with all partners of IADP include cocreation on campus level, cooperation between public and private organisations and knowledge institutes, sustainability and the energy transition – from regional levels to estate portfolios and individual buildings.

08-02-2021 Master plan for the Acton Campus of the Australian National University

Our partner Arup led the design on the master plan for The Australian National University (ANU) that will transform the Acton Campus into a connected, vibrant precinct, reflecting its status as a world-leading university.

Sitting in Canberra’s centre, the Acton Campus has an outstanding natural landscape setting and a collection of remarkable 20th century buildings. The Acton Campus Master Plan amplifies these attributes while redressing a lack of coherent campus layout. The design is anchored around five hubs, connected by tree-lined avenues, that will become lively meeting points for the University’s community. A new mobility strategy for all modes of transport will foster greater ease of access while creating a more pedestrian friendly green heart. 

Arup’s urban design and master planning team led a multidisciplinary team for the complex project from initial inquiry. We undertook intense stakeholder engagement throughout the project, designed a robust strategy for comprehensive campus renewal and produced the Master Plan and associated design guide. The team also produced an energy management and heritage conservation strategy. The team was ably supported by Urban Enquiry, Lovell Chen Architects (producing the heritage strategy), Mantra Studios, Turnberry Consulting, Karen Wright Planning and John Wardle Architects.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor ANU in Canberra arup
Acton Campus

27-01-2021 Maritime Campus Antwerp; master planning by KCAP

Maritime Campus Antwerp (MCA; Belgium) will bring together maritime and port-based players from start-ups to corporations. This do-campus will be the centre for innovation extending to the broad maritime and port industry. Here companies, public partners, researchers and start-ups will form a community. The ambition is to strengthen the European and global maritime industry and make it sustainable.
The ambition is to start the construction works for the first building phase of about 30.000m² this year. The ambition is to open in 2023.
IADP-partner KCAP is as master planner, architect and landscape architect part of an integral building team, including Atelier Romain, contractor Willemen Construct, engineering company Tractebel and smart building specialist Spacewell.
More information:

21-01-2021 Privatisation of the Automotive Campus

The Automotive Campus is of great importance to the Municipality of Helmond (The Netherlands), the region and the province. A flourishing campus strengthens the position of the Eindhoven / Brainport region and puts the region firmly on the map in terms of spatial, economic and mobility developments. The campus has undergone a strong development in recent years. And now it is time for the next phase. To this end, the Province of North-Brabant and the Municipality of Helmond are taking an important step towards the privatisation of the Automotive Campus. Together with the third owner of the campus, Bouwbedrijf Van de Ven B.V. and new partner Ramphastos Real Estate Investments. The latter two form the Development Combination that may become the new owner. The Province and Municipality of Helmond believe that the sale to a private party will enable the campus to develop further and especially faster and better
“The Automotive Campus in Helmond is one of the most important work locations in Brabant. It contributes to a top business climate and to the innovative strength of Brabant companies in the high-tech automotive and smart mobility sector. It is an environment where cooperation within the triple helix (entrepreneurs, education and government) is truly visible and where promising start-ups, such as Lightyear, can flourish. The move to a private owner is important for the next step of the campus”, underlines Erik Ronnes, responsible for Housing and Spatial Planning in the Province North-Brabant, the importance of the campus.

19-01-2021 Food Mountain new IADP Partner

After recently announcing that engineering consultancy firm Deerns and the Bossche Investerings Maatschappij have become partners of the Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP), we can now welcome another new partner: the consultancy and management firm Food Mountain. As a result, our organisation now also has specific expertise in various aspects of innovation in the food sector. Food Mountain is specialised in developing innovative partnerships between multiple partners.
Food Mountain is a platform that focuses on initiating, thinking along and participating in initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable, more inclusive and healthier food system. The role of the Food Mountain platform depends on what the initiative needs. On their website, you will find initiatives that illustrate how Food Mountain can support you:

13-01-2021 IADP Network welcomes Deerns 

IADP is delighted to welcome another IADP member at the beginning of this year! Bossche Investeringsmaatschappij recently joined our community, and now we are pleased to welcome Deerns as a new partner. Deerns, an independent engineering firm operating worldwide, is committed to creating future-proof client-oriented solutions that make buildings ever more safe, pleasant to use, healthy, resource-efficient, resilient and smart. Moreover, they have committed to achieving zero operational carbon emissions in their own offices by 2025.

Deerns can assist clients with their entire project – from concept to implementation and aftercare. Their major markets are Airports, Cleanroom Technology, Data Centres, Health Care, and Real Estate (see: . Relating to IADP’s activities, Deerns’ expertise in the field of Clean Tech and Health Care should certainly be highlighted. In Clean Tech, their experts have decades of expertise and experience in developing, designing and putting into practice contamination controlled research and manufacturing facilities. This has resulted in long-lasting relationships with universities, research centres, science parks, campuses and high-tech manufacturing. In Health Care alone, Deerns has been involved in designing over 50% of all Dutch hospitals, including university hospitals. With 15 offices and ~500 specialists worldwide, Deerns’ activities in the Clean Tech and Health Care Sectors have now expanded well beyond the Netherlands. Eric Stuiver, Clean Tech Sector Director: “We look forward to sharing and developing knowledge with the IADP partners to create and improve future-ready sustainable facilities for science and technologies.” 

Nieuwbouw SRON, Ector Hoogstad architecten
06-01-2021 New partner: Bossche Investerings Maatschappij (BIM)

Gradually, the number of partners within IADP continues to increase. Recently we can count the Bossche Investerings Maatschappij (BIM) among our members. BIM is an important player in the economy of the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) and its region. This organisation is committed to stimulating the economy and making entrepreneurship possible. Since 2015, BIM has been doing this more and more in the form of communities and programmes in which the strength of their four pillars – housing, participating, connecting and supporting – is shown to full advantage in dynamic, innovative ecosystems in which businesses, educational institutions and governments work together around an economic theme. With various locations BIM provides suitable accommodation for both the starting, growing and established entrepreneur. De Gruyter Fabriek (see picture) is the creative hotspot, Grasso is the place where education, government and entrepreneurs work together in the field of ICT, and Jamfabriek is the Food Community par excellence. Attention is certainly not only focused on business accommodation. In various themed locations, BIM takes care of setting up and developing communities.

07-12-2020 Premiere Introduction Film Plus Ultra II

Our partner Kadans proudly present the introduction film of Plus Ultra II and would like to invite you to watch the premiere!

After the success of Plus Ultra on Wageningen Campus, there continued to be demand for business space on the campus. Kadans Science Partner has therefore developed a new building: Plus Ultra II. Today we celebrate this milestone with the premiere of a digital look into the new building. The first keys were handed over earlier this year and several organizations and companies have already moved into Plus Ultra II. Normally this would be the occasion for a grand opening party, but due to the current circumstances this is of course not possible.

To celebrate this milestone anyway, an official first look at Plus Ultra II is presented in a 10-minute film. In the video you will hear the first tenants of Plus Ultra II: Corporate Value Creation (WUR), OnePlanet, StartLife, StartHub, Foodvalley NL, Kubota, Witteveen + Bos, HZPC and KWS. You will also hear from the architects of Proof of the Sum and of course Kadans Science Partner.

Plus Ultra II, like its predecessor, offers space for offices, laboratories, other research areas and meet & greet facilities especially for organizations and companies involved in food, agriculture, sustainability and health.

You can wath the video here:

26-11-2020 AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets to enter European Life Science sector with acquisition of Kadans Science Partner platform

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (“AXA IM – Real Assets”), a global leader in real asset investments and the leading(1) real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe, has announced that it has agreed to acquire IADP_partner Kadans Science Partner. Kadans is a fully integrated developer, owner and operator of science parks and lab offices which has a market leading position in Europe.

The acquisition provides AXA IM – Real Assets with a unique opportunity to enter and build immediate scale in the life science and lab offices sector which, while already established in the U.S., is an emerging but high growth asset class in Europe. The sector is supported by a number of economic, demographic and technological changes, notably as it relates to healthcare and is benefitting from a significant growth in available public and private funding. Companies in the sector are not just demanding additional space to accommodate their growth but are fundamentally considering how they organise themselves and recognising the value of being part of a relevant ecosystem.

Kadans is almost unique in its focus and scale within the European Life Sciences sector. It owns a portfolio which spans key research locations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany and comprises 150,000 sqm of operating space across 20 assets and a further seven developments which will deliver c.70,000 sqm over the next three years. 65% of the portfolio has an ESG rating of Grade A, with a plan for the remaining assets to undergo renovation to reach that grade.

Originally founded in the late 1990s, Kadans evolved its focus on developing and operating specialised or purpose-built commercial life science buildings. Kadans’ assets combine offices and incubator space alongside a range of specialist spaces including laboratories and cleanrooms and tech halls, as well as research and development facilities such as climate controlled environments and pilot plants. Kadans’ tenant base comprises a mix of, global corporate, SME and start-up businesses, as well as academic and government institutions in highly innovative growth sectors such as Life Sciences, Food, Health, Living Environment, Biotechnology, Bio based and High Tech Semiconductors.

A key element of Kadans’ success has been the creation of innovation ecosystems not just within the individual building and campuses it operates but across its whole network of tenants and relationships across Europe. By promoting networking, connectivity and events management for tenants, public bodies and academic institutions, Kadans is able to help enhance information flow and knowledge sharing.

The acquisition is conditional upon German merger commission approval.

1 Source: INREV Fund Manager Survey, June 2020. #1 Real estate manager headquartered in Europe based on total assets under management
2 Source: AXA IM – Real Assets’ unaudited data as of 30 September 2020

23-11-2020 Worldwide network of Food Innovation Hubs

Marjolein A.J. Brasz, Managing Director Foodvalley NL, is proud to announce that Foodvalley NL will be the leading European Hub in a new, worldwide network of Food Innovation Hubs, catalyzed and supported in Africa, Latin America and Asia by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and partners.

Transforming food systems requires fundamental changes in the way food is produced and consumed. Technology innovations present a significant opportunity to enable and accelerate this transformation so we can meet the network’s aspirational goals: that food systems be sustainable, inclusive, efficient, nutritious and healthy. Connecting multiple diverse ecosystem players will be essential to scaling innovation programs across the value chain.

This is the shared vision behind a multi-year partnership between Foodvalley NL and the Food Innovation Hubs: a multi-stakeholder partnership platform catalyzed and supported by the World Economic Forum and several global and regional partners.

Foodvalley is partner of Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP).

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27-10-2020 Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven is entering the future

The departure of RIVM to Utrecht Science Park (expected in 2022) will free up space at Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven (USPB). With Bilthoven Biologicals and Intravacc as anchor tenants, this offers opportunities to further develop and profile this area with a main focus on the development, testing and production of vaccines and related products or services.

The management of USPB has commissioned a team of experts to draw up a development vision for this science park. Proof of the sum, Karres and Brands, Arup and Zjak Consult (all partners in the Innovation Area Development Partnership) have started the work. Roy Pype (Proof of the sum): “This is a great opportunity to redevelop the area into a state of the art science park. The departure of RIVM and a further concentration of the buildings of Bilthoven Biologicals creates space for new buildings and combinations of old and new so that the history of the area as a world player in the field of vaccines remains visible. We will be devoting a great deal of attention to creating an attractive work climate. The layout of the site and the buildings will be aimed at stimulating interaction between the companies and institutions at the science park. The fact that we are now tackling this with a multidisciplinary team will undoubtedly lead to a well-thought-out plan that will interest current and future tenants, investors and the direct surrounding area.” The development vision will be delivered by the end of this year.

13-10-2020 Vaccinopolis Antwerp

The first European CHIM center

Because the climate is changing and people are living closer together, are getting older, travel more… viruses are spreading. Faster than ever. That is why vaccine development is one of the major global challenges of today.

On behalf of the University of Antwerp and Université Libre de Bruxelles, professors Pierre van Damme and Arnoud Marchant therefore take the lead: “Within the vaccine center Vaccinopolis, we bring together top talent from various disciplines – with financial support from the federal government and private partners. The complex will consist of a clinical test room, laboratories, offices, consultation rooms and accommodation and relaxation facilities. This allows us to test vaccines on up to 30 people at the same time. The technique used is called Controlled Human Infection Models (CHIM). In this human challenge study, bright minds challenge healthy subjects by exposing them to an attenuated version of a pathogen.”

The IMM/Unity consortium is commissioned to design, build and maintain Vaccinopolis for a period of 15 years.  Proof of the sum, Exilab, Abstract Architects, burO Groen and Establis are responsible for the integrated design. The realization is in the hands of Jansen Building Group, Jansen Cleanrooms and Cordeel. And Imtech Belgium, together with Jansen Cleanrooms, will be responsible for the maintenance.

Exceptional circumstances require exceptional measures. Because viruses are on the rise quickly, the project partners are shortening the usual turnaround time (normally 4 to 5 years) to 1.5 years: Vaccinopolis will open its doors on 1 March 2022.

29-09-2020 Mobility at Utrecht Science Park

An innovative look at mobility and collaboration with the city & region keep Utrecht Science Park accessible and safe as students and companies begin to return to the site after six months of COVID imposed remote working – read more:

29-09-2020 The innovation multipliers of international collaboration for cities and subnational governments

This research report by NESTA reviews the innovation benefits for cities and subnational governments of international collaboration. It explores how cities and subnational governments (SNGs) can improve their capabilities and capacity for innovation by expanding their networks internationally. Based on a literature review, case studies from across the globe and interviews with experts in the field, this research presents an overview of the history of international collaboration between cities and SNGs, the current picture and the potential for these partnerships as a source of innovation. It provides insights, models and recommendations both for UK cities and SNGs, and those around the world.

  • Findings:
  • There are considerable opportunities for boosting innovation through more effective international collaboration at an SNG level – particularly in the COVID-19 era.
  • In recent decades, subnational international collaboration networks have become more widespread, more complex and have utilised a wider range of collaboration mechanisms.
  • For cities and SNGs seeking to maximise innovation from an international collaboration, the landscape is very complicated, and there has been little guidance on process or benefits.
  • Picking the right international collaboration opportunity to ensure the maximum benefit to an SNG’s innovation capability requires a clear understanding of the fast-moving landscape, as well as the choices and opportunity costs, and the future value proposition.
  • The opportunity for international collaboration isn’t just for major cities, there are effective ways of participating for second and third tier cities as well as regions and devolved nations too.
24-09-2020 Proof of the sum contributes to the future of Pivot Park

Pivot Park (Oss, The Netherlands) is a life sciences campus with a strong focus on pharmaceutical innovation. The campus is a breeding ground that connects knowledge and experience between established companies, start-ups and spin-outs. Proof of the sum gives shape to the rapid development of Pivot Park. Both as one of the authors of the master plan and in the role of architect for the first two new-build projects.

Together with VKZ BV and MTD Landschapsarchitecten the master plan for Pivot Park has been developed. The plan makes room for a large number of new-build projects on the campus in the Municipality of Oss. The design themes are ‘connection’, ‘sharing’ and ‘excellence’.

Within this new master plan, two new building projects are currently being worked on: Grizzly and Panther. With Grizzly, an over 10,000m2 new collection building is being realised. The building will provide office and laboratory space for scale-ups and growing companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Panther will be a new building project for a single basic user. The 3,500 m2 building will house cleanrooms, laboratories and offices.

17-09-2020 How to successfully share your lab facilities?

After a summer break of a few weeks, Kadans Connected is back! During the webinar on how to successfully share your lab facilities, our partner Clustermarket elaborated on the challenges researchers and scientist are facing while sharing their lab facilities. The Kadans Connected webinars and providing access to shared lab facilities are two of the many ecosystem services Kadans is offering to its tenants in order to make them as innovative and successful as possible. You are invited to watch the replay and to get insights of the barriers that knowledge and research institutions have around resource sharing. Click here to watch the replay:

15-09-2020 Utrecht Science Park: a flourishing & innovative ecosystem

Friso Smit, New Business Development Manager of Utrecht Science Park, emphasizes Utrecht Science Park’s important role in the region and The Netherlands where knowledge and high-end technology can accelerate. Would you like to know more about the innovative ecosystem at Utrecht Science Park? Read the deep-dive Q&A via

Friso Smit
02-09-2020 Global Innovation Index 2020

These are the World’s Most Innovative Countries – Global Innovation Index 2020. An overview of the key findings of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020. Published on September 2, 2020, the GII 2020 ranks the innovation performance of 131 countries.
Quick overview:

01-09-2020 Campus Community Fund invests 500 million euros in Campus Groningen (The Netherlands)

Investing together in one ecosystem to achieve more impact. “That’s why a Campus Community Fund is important”, as confirmed by Wiebe Draijer, chairman of the Managing Board Rabobank and Koen Schuiling, mayor of Groningen. Together they have launched the Campus Community Fund on Tuesday September 1st. This financial platform acts as an instrument to transform the available knowledge and skills on Campus Groningen, and in the region, more effectively into important innovations.
“The ambitions of and for Campus Groningen are big. The five-year strategic plan of the Campus aims at significant developments. With the Campus Community Fund we will structure ‘tomorrow’s capital’ jointly”, says Henk Snapper (Executive Board, UMCG).
“I am proud of our collective wish to let our fast-growing Campus shine and develop it further. The development of Campus Groningen is teamwork and an interplay of all kinds of components. We don’t look at the separate elements; we look at the whole ecosystem ”, says Edward van der Meer, director Campus Groningen.
More information can be found here:

31-08-2020 – Atlas of innovation districts (USA)

Aretian has developed a first-of-its-kind systematic study of 50 notable Innovation Districts in the United States: their specialization, economic impact, as well as the characteristics of the urban ecosystems that welcome and enhance them. More information:

26-08-2020 – Foodvalley Summit

Do you already have a ticket for the Foodvalley Summits special edition on 13 & 14 October 2020? Breaking news, talk shows, top stories, and excellent networking and exposure opportunities on Protein Shift, Food & Health and Circular Agrifood. Buy your ticket now:

24-08-2020 – IADP is now followed by more than 1000 members of LinkedIn

Join the followers via this link: Partners and associate partners of IADP are continuously involved and guiding the development of areas of innovations, such as science parks, campuses and Innovation districts. Together we have built an impressive knowledge base by exchanging research and experiences with each other. We also share our knowledge with a larger audience by engaging them to all kind of activities, giving lectures and writing articles. Moreover, the IADP partnership offers the combined expertise to support developers, investors, companies and knowledge institutes and governments that are working on the (re)development of these different types of innovation areas. IADP is a member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).

17-08-2020 – What does a campus of the future look like?

Take a peek at our competition design for the University College Dublin’s Future Campus: a ‘Marketplace of Innovation’ where students, faculty staff and local Dubliners can learn, collaborate and co-create. Designed to be a destination for learning, culture and commerce, it’s intended to be a green space of engagement where ideas can flow and flourish. For more information on the design, follow the link:

15-08-2020 – Sharing your lab facilities

Are you interested in sharing your lab facilities and make them available for other researchers, scientists and organizations? But are you also facing some challenges in doing so? Join the next Kadans Connected webinar, organized in cooperation with Kadans Science Partner partner’s Clustermarket and learn how to share your lab facilities in a successful way.
For more information and registration, please check the website:

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