A smart and sustainable neighbourhood.
Smart Sustainable District
The Beurskwartiers was one of the first districts to be selected by Climate-KIC for their Smart Sustainable District (SSD) programme, a European initiative aimed at boosting resource efficiency, reducing energy consumption and addressing climate change challenges.
The area around Utrecht CS is currently being redeveloped as part of an ambitious project known as CU2030. The new design connects the station with the historic city centre to form one dynamic and coherent core. Emphasis is on a sustainable future: low emission buildings; pleasant spaces for cyclists and pedestrians and public transport; and solar panels above the station’s platforms. Below the station, the world’s largest bicycle garage recently opened with parking for 12,500 bicycles.
Over the next few years, the Jaarbeursexhibition and conference centre is undergoing a €100 million renovation, including a complete metamorphosis of the Beatrixgebouw by architect Winy Maas (MVRDV). The Jaarbeurs complex – which rubs shoulders with Wonderwoods – will also be home to a 1.5-megawatt solar-powered battery for ultra-fast recharging of electric cars.