To a green innovation district

The success of the Leiden Bio Science Park has led to an unprecedented explosion of new projects. On this website we showcase the diversity of our projects, from new business buildings to housing projects, recreational areas and parks, and new and renovated Leiden University buildings.

Vision for the future

The Leiden Bio Science Park was founded 35 years ago. It’s now thriving as never before. The businesses located at the Park are pioneers in innovation and are growing in turnover and staff. Employment opportunities at the Park are increasing fast.

For many years now, Leiden University has been working on developing the Bio Science Park in close collaboration with the municipalities of Leiden and Oegstgeest. This development focuses on transforming elongated business park into an attractive and easily accessible area, rich in greenery and open water and with ample space for meeting, recreation and housing.

As building density on the Park increases, we are creating beautiful parks and central infrastructures like the green Hartlijn. The growing number of attractive residential areas makes it a lively area both during and after office hours. Over the coming years we also plan to create many new restaurants, shops, and other facilities.

Guidelines have been formulated for the design of the public space. All businesses will be assigned a green area of at least five metres along the public road. Native trees will be planted, including willows, ash, oaks and birch. These will give the Park its identity, together with the many open water areas and natural banks.

To promote accessibility, we have built additional access roads, including a new access road from the Plesmanlaan. We are also working on further improving the cycle and pedestrian network. A number of broad walks and a new continuous cycle route from the centre of the city will soon make the area more accessible.

Over the coming years the Park will be further transformed into an innovation district: a high-density area integrating work, housing and restaurants that forms an inspiring environment for entrepreneurship and innovation.

New businesses can be located in the growing number of high-rises and in addition to business areas we will soon offer three attractive housing complexes, parks, and a wide range of restaurants and other facilities to strengthen the residential quality of the area and stimulate the spontaneous encounters so crucial for an innovative entrepreneurial environment.

We feel confident that the realisation of these projects will transform Leiden Bio Science Park into an even stronger incubator for innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration. The more than 20,000 people who work, live and spend time at the Park are driven by a common mission: to use knowledge and innovative power to contribute to the development of new medicines and improving people’s health.

Our partners

Leiden University, Municipality of Leiden, Municipality of Oegstgeest, Leiden Bio Science Park Organisation

Current developments

See below for a list of planned projects, projects in progress, and completed projects.
28 Total number of projects
4 Planned projects
13 Projects in progress
10 Completed projects

An incubator for innovation

The coming period will witness a true flourishing of Leiden Bio Science Park. A selection of planned developments for the next five years is given below.
2020

Schilperoort Park

Leiden University worked together with the Municipality of Leiden to develop the Schilperoort Park, near Leiden Central Station. The park ambience has extended into the adjacent adjoining residential area, where former medical laboratories are transformed into residences. The park has been completed and is transferred to the Municipality of Leiden.
2021

Biopartner5

Biopartner5 is commissioned in 2021. For years now, the BioPartner association has provided facilities for start-ups and growing businesses developing medicines and vaccines.
In addition to its characteristic flexible laboratories and offices, the building has a winter garden open to the public. It is also the first energy-neutral laboratory in the Netherlands, built in sections from recycled materials, originating among others from the demolition of Leiden University’s Gorlaeus high-rise. The building also includes a rainwater buffer.

Image: Popma ter Steege Architects
2022

Campus Plein

A large new campus square on the Leiden Bio Science Park will be used for a range of activities for students, staff and Leiden residents, a knowledge festival, shows, and sporting activities, for instance. A green and inspiring meeting space with a pond and seating, but above all a large lawn area. The new Gorlaeus Building (phase 2) will be built on this square.

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