UM SPORT will most likely set up a new temporary sports hall in the former building of Dagblad De Limburger on the Duboisdomein in Randwyck. Maastricht University has rented this building since 1 August. The general and technical support services, the administrative service centre and a few departments from the Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences will definitely go there.
“Housing corporation Servatius, the city council and the university are still negotiating, but we are confident,” says Birgitte Hendrickx, department head at UM SPORT. “It would be great if we could move in by the next academic year.”
UM SPORT has been struggling with accommodation problems for years. "Our accommodation in Randwyck is no longer acceptable, neither qualitatively nor quantitatively. In 2007, when there were plans for the Calatrava campus, this building was erected to bridge a period of three years, which has now come to an end. We started looking for a good temporary replacement, where we can grow until a new permanent sports hall has been realised. The former printer's premises that are part of Duboisdomein 30, are a good option.” Two sports halls, however – a wish shared by many sports associations with a view to tournaments – is not an option. “There is unfortunately not enough space and we also don't have the funds at the moment.”
The plans include a meeting area, mainly for foreign students, “a place to socialise. We have noticed that there is a need for this. Forty per cent of our members, a total of 7,500 students, is from abroad.”
The building is hard to miss as you drive across the Kennedybrug. It is surrounded by black windows, hence its nickname 'black box' or 'coffin'. Hendrickx: “It is situated in a great place, right in the middle between the faculties in the city centre and Randwyck.”