The stadium will be built on the grounds of the WTC in Leeuwarden
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslan, the new Cambuur football club stadium in Leeuwarden, which will sit in the middle of a much larger shopping, business, and recreation park, has nearly reached its final design. Architect Ludo Widdershoven said in a meeting on Thursday that the design is ’90 to 95 per cent ready’.
One of the specific wishes set out by supporters groups was that none of the stands touch each-other at the stadium; so that people standing outside can still catch glimpses of whatever is going on. Supporters groups also set out their hope that the new stadium is significantly more accessible for disabled people- and accordingly the architects have included a special ‘goal-group section’ on the southern side of the stadium. This will mean that even supporters who are bed-bound will be able to attend.
The waiting now begins as to when the new stadium will be built. “We are now sitting around a table with all of the stakeholders, so that we can hear their last wishes and suggestions for the facades and advertising boards”, said Architect Ludo Widdershoven. As to when the building will actually begin: “as soon as possible”, he said.
Public transport links around the station will be hidden as much as possible amongst greenery. An important part of this section of the design recalls the Dokkumer Lokaaltsje railway, which had been likely to be lost in development.
City planner Jos van Langen, of the Gemeente Leeuwarden, said that both greenery and transport links will be preserved in the new design: “we are in the process of designing a tree structure, and there will be new pavements and cycle routes- these will be overhung with large trees.”
Imaga via Widdershoven Architecten