October 2013 Ector Hoogstad Architecten has been selected for the design of the new Center Court building on Chemelot Campus in Geleen. Center Court is a crucial new addition to the Chamelot Campus where the participants of the campus will truely become the community they want to be. The building will contain extensive restaurant, sports and conference facilities, combined with facilities for Chemelot on the Move, the Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs (CHILL) and the Maastricht Science Program (Maastricht University). Moreover, it will be the place where the future innovations of DSM will be born, since DSM Innovation Center will relocate from its Urmond office to Center Court. Finally, Center Court will be the landmark of Chemelot Campus. It will be the spark plug of the engine, which Chemelot Campus is for the economy of the whole region.
Center Court is financed by the shareholders of the company Chemelot Campus B.V., DSM Nederland B.V., Maastricht University and the Dutch Province of Limburg; partially for Center Court the latter has added EUR 43.5 million extra to the company’s equity. The building is also possible through a grant from the Province of Limburg and the Regional Fund of the surrounding municipalities (‘Regiofonds’).
According to plan, we will have our 2016 New Year’s Meeting in Center Court.