A lot of potential to connect city and countryside
A considerable part of the city's growth will take place in the west flank of Groningen. Plans are currently being made for a new residential area on the former Suikerunieterrein. Further west lies the attractive countryside with the mounds landscape around Leegkerk and, a little further south, the Onlanden. This east-west connection offers a lot of potential to connect city and countryside. An important link in this is the Suikeras, the connection between the former sugar factory and the city center. The car is still dominant here. West 8 is working on a new impetus, whereby this route from the city center to the new residential area will become a link of green places to stay, water storage and a place for slow traffic.
West8 has previously worked on this axis. This axis was drawn in the Floriade bid book as a green route between the city center and the Floriade site. It was not possible to get the Floriade to Groningen. Then we thought that was a shame. Now it offers opportunities to look at this connection again, with new questions about water retention, prevention of heat stress and more room for cyclists and walkers. With this new approach, West8 is once again looking at this area.
West 8 is an office for urban design and landscape architecture, with a long track record of successful master plans, parks, squares and gardens, such as Borneo Sporenburg in Amsterdam, Governors Island Park in New York and Rio Park in Madrid. The office has always engaged with Dutch spatial planning (such as Panorama Nederland) and takes position in debates on the future of the Netherlands. In Groningen they developed the masterplan of the Zernike Campus and are working on the future vision for Nationaal Programma Groningen