Phase 1 involves preparations of the work site, such as demolishing buildings and other above-ground infrastructure, removal of the underground cables, and redirection of the gas pipelines. Temporary retaining walls are installed to ensure a stable situation and prevent landslides and/or subsidence and to enable the start of supply and storage of (construction) materials and on-site work preparation, such as the construction of the construction pit. The opening of the entrance road in December 2022 marked a successful completion of the first phase.
The Energy & Health Campus is located next to the ‘Zwanenwater’ and ‘Pettemerduinen’, which are both nature reserves. All works have been carried out in accordance with the nature permit. Among other things, amphibian screens have been installed, bat boxes have been hung, and work is being carried out on the basis of an ecological work protocol. Ultimately, after construction is completed, the surrounding and natural values will be restored and, where possible, improved. Habitat for protected species will be added according to the protocol established with ecologists.