Consortium chosen for Leiden central station area study
Multi-year programme initiated to plan for increased transport capacity
The Netherlands municipality of Leiden has awarded the contract for the Multi-Year Programme for Infrastructure, Spatial Planning, and Transport (MIRT) study of its central station area to the consortium consisting of Tenderstream member Benthem Crouwel Architects with Royal HaskoningDHV, West 8 and AT Osborne. The MIRT study is one of five initiated to develop public transport capacity to serve increasing demand from the 54,000 new homes and 80,000 additional workplaces that will be created between Leiden and Dordrecht by 2030.
The Leiden station area has the potential to become the bustling heart of a vibrant urban district, with the ideas of connection and meeting considered as vital components of a future plan, together with the provision of green space. The consortium parties have stated their intention to approach the task with a fresh and creative perspective, leveraging their experience with similar public transport challenges such as Rotterdam Central station, Amsterdam Central station, and their knowledge of the region (Leiden Bio Science Park and R-net connection Leiden-Katwijk-Noordwijk).
For the MIRT study, the team will examine variations for the layout of the area to solve bottlenecks while achieving objectives for urbanisation and its programming, together with spatial quality. Attractive transfer points for passengers will offer enhanced mobility and provide for the increased use of public transport. Sustainability is a key consideration, and the Leiden community will be involved in the study’s development. The aim is to arrive at a selection of promising solutions in the next two years that will be further investigated, leading to the selection of a preferred option.