Ebbingekwartier, on the edge of the city centre of Groningen, used to be a gasworks site, the second in the Netherlands after the one in Amsterdam. For a long time, this area was known as ‘Gasterrein’ (gas area). Today, it is a lively, creative place with owner-occupied homes, cafés and restaurants, commercial spaces, a city beach and various cultural activities. Built to withstand earthquakes and an example to the rest of the world.
The location of this new district is on the old city wall, within walking distance of the city centre and close to the recreational area Het Noorderplantsoen. The history, the size of the area and its central location make it ideal for exhibitions, outdoor events - including the Noorderslag festival - pavilions, cafés and restaurants, a playground and a city beach.
The scale of this project, 4.5 hectares, in combination with the inner-city location is unique and attracts attention beyond the national borders. The plan also consists of 80 homes and facilities, including the expansion of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), a public car park for 1,200 cars and 6,000 m2 of commercial amenities.
We believe in the power of working together and strategic alliances. We have developed this plan together with creative organisations and the municipality. In this process, we are happy to lead the way. At our initiative, the plan has been designed to be earthquake-proof.