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Sports hall not before autumn 2013

At the earliest, a new sports complex will be completed after the summer of 2013. But first, a feasibility study will have to be completed before July this year.

This is what the head of property for the UM, Martin Geurts, recently told a University Council committee. The study has been commissioned to a project group with representatives from all the parties involved, including the university, the Maastricht city council and housing association Servatius. The latter is involved because they had the municipal sports hall in Randwijck demolished (which was also used by the UM) in 2007 to accommodate the Calatrava campus. This campus was supposed to include an ultramodern sports hall. When the project was scrapped at the end of 2009, a deadlock arose that has in fact been going on until today. The city council is demanding a new hall or money, Servatius is in no hurry. Geurts: “The negotiations between the city council and Servatius have not yielded much so far. That is why the UM decided on 19 January that something definitely had to be done about an indoor facility now.”

Geurts does not agree that the university has also delayed the matter: “No, Servatius and the city council first had work things out. However, we now felt that it had taken long enough.”

A possible location for the new building could be on the foundations for the Calatrava campus. Elsewhere “in or outside Randwijck”, says Geurts, will always be more expensive. Conversion of the halls in a building that the UM already occupies, on the Duboisdomein, beside the Kennedybrug, is another option, and the cheapest in terms of investment.

 

Wammes Bos

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