these are the plans for Beurs

The corner between Coolsingel and Westblaak, near Beurs, is undergoing an enormous metamorphosis. A new entrance to the subway station, a residential tower, a hotel and a greener outdoor space should make this gray part of the city more beautiful. Read all about Hart 010 here.

If you now get off the metro at Beurs in the direction of Binnenwegplein, you will come across the Fair Play Casino, which blocks the passage to the renovated Coolsingel. The part of the city is gray and untidy and this must change, according to the municipality.

The busiest metro station in the Netherlands

Beurs, the busiest metro station in the Netherlands, will have a new entrance towards Binnenwegplein. The restaurants and casino that are now located here are likely to disappear for this reason. In addition, research is underway to improve the accessibility, comfort and safety of this important public transport hub. On the wish list there is also an underground bicycle storage.
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Photo: City of Rotterdam

The red crab

The Coolse Poort office building – the Rode Kroot for Rotterdam residents – is also being refurbished. The building will remain, but the facade will be renovated. And he enters, next to the current offices, shops, restaurants and a hotel. The office building next to Coolse Poort is to make way for a new residential tower with a maximum height of 200 meters. There will be between 550 and 700 homes, both for sale and for rent. Half of these houses are intended for students and middle-income people. There will also be shared facilities such as green roof gardens that all residents will be able to use.
Bas Kurvers, Councilor for Construction and Housing: “There is a great need for affordable housing in the center of Rotterdam. Half of the new homes are in the social and middle segments and there may be student accommodation ”.
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hart010 exhibition of plans of the municipality of Rotterdam
Sketch of the Mecanoo architecture studio

Green outdoor area

Did you think that after the renovation of the Coolsingel we were finally done with the detours in the city center? Not like that. The entire public space between Keerweer, Westblaak, Coolsingel and Binnenwegplein will be overhauled. There should be fewer gradients and obstacles, making the area more accessible to pedestrians. New flooring, lighting, and more greenery should make it a more pleasant place. This ties into the refurbished Coolsingel and future plans for the Blaakpark.

Several stages

The architectural firm Mecanoo and the developer Local developed the “Hart 010” plan. The redevelopment of the area will begin with the transformation of the Coolse Poort in 2022. At that time, ideas for the refurbished subway station and residential tower will be explored and developed. The entire development will take five to ten years. More information on the plans can be found on the Hart 010 website.

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