Universities are some of the oldest institutions in the world. At the same time, they form the driving force behind the knowledge economies of the 21st century, an era full of challenges to the academic community. Digitisation and globalisation are changing methods of learning, research, cooperation, working and financing. A global knowledge network of teaching and research institutions has sprung into being, in which participants compete for talent and resources. At the same time, major shifts are taking place closer to home, including the introduction of a new lending system.

This being the case, it is becoming increasingly important for universities to remain inspiring and attractive to students and scientists. The ability to attract and retain talent depends on various factors, but the role the premises play in this must not be underestimated. After all, a flourishing and cost-effective university campus makes an important and distinguishing contribution to the university's value proposition.

Developing a campus

Every university is historically rooted in its location and the accompanying buildings and sites, commonly known as the campus. The location and quality of the accommodation and the image of the campus have a direct impact on the quality of the education and research conducted on said campus. At the same time, every euro spent on accommodation is a euro which cannot be spent on the primary process. The 21st century calls for considerable adaptability on the part of universities, with a direct impact on their property portfolios. Royal HaskoningDHV can help you develop and implement an effective and feasible vision for the development of your campus.

The efficient campus

It is tempting to see 'bricks and mortar' as a side issue, but smart management of performance, risks and costs of one's premises is of considerable value - value that can directly benefit one's core process. In many cases, savings of 10% on accommodation costs can be realised quickly and easily. In addition, a great deal can be gained through investments in maintenance, renovation, redesign or new construction. Royal HaskoningDHV, an ISO 55000-certified engineering and project-management consultancy, uses a unique and proven stakeholder approach which produces major gains in terms of money, time and quality.

The flexible campus

Growing international competition, the increased digitisation of education and the scrapping of the basic government grant for university students all call for an adventurous approach. What does this mean for your university's present and future property requirements? At Royal HaskoningDHV, we have broad experience in flexibilising property. Whether we redesign your current campus or erect new buildings for you, we enable you to design the use of your space significantly more efficiently. Whether you opt for multifunctional, volume-variable and/or transformational use of space, greater flexibility will open the way for a 'fluid', future-proof campus.

The green campus

With existing technology, we are able to develop circular, energy-producing buildings. We do so by applying architectural and technological skills that go far beyond limiting your campus' environmental burden. While a green campus does not currently exist, it is technologically feasible! It's an inspiring objective to try and attain, even if your real-estate portfolio contains many old buildings. Through a step-by-step approach, such old buildings can be made sustainable on a budget-neutral basis. Royal HaskoningDHV has introduced BREEAM in the Netherlands, a method that directs and provides scope for sustainability ambitions.

Employing techniques and expertise garnered from many different scientific disciplines, Royal HaskoningDHV can make a significant contribution to the maintenance and further development of your campus, thus allowing it to become a future-proof learning and research environment.