Sportcampus Rotterdam invites to move and relax

De Zwarte Hond is delighted that we have been able to help Dura Vermeer, as a cooperation partner, to win the partner selection for the Sport Campus in Rotterdam. The discussions were extensive, open and free, leading to some remarkable ideas. In just a few years’ time, the Sports Campus on Feyenoord’s former training grounds, Varkenoord in Rotterdam Zuid, will be a park-like residential area with more than 800 homes, two secondary schools with a sports hall, a hub for shared transport and other facilities. For the first 500 homes, the City of Rotterdam has selected Dura Vermeer as a creative development partner. The Sports Campus is an independent part of the Stadionpark area development, a sustainable development with investments in (top) sports, education, housing, nature and entrepreneurship. The concept and action plan were chosen by the assessment committee on the basis of their boldness, strong ambition and balanced team.

Sports campus encourages exercise
Chantal Zeegers, alderman for Climate, Building and Housing says: “The Sports Campus will be a new, green and park-like residential area in which sustainability and affordable living are central.” The sporty Rotterdammer plays the leading role in this new neighbourhood that will be largely car-free. The plan promotes sports participation and health by designing the environment so that exercise and relaxation are encouraged. The Rondje Stadionpark – a 5-km recreational route – runs right through the Sports Campus, connecting the various areas of Stadionpark. There are numerous neighbouring sports fields. Two new secondary schools offering the education and sports curriculum (OSC) will also be built in the district.

Focus on sustainability
Sustainability is central to this area development, with its focus on biodiversity, climate adaptation, health and (nature) inclusiveness. The result is a 21st-century garden city with a wide variety of greenery, but also with urban densities that make it pleasant for people and animals to live there.

Picture: Dura Vermeer