Planning 2016 until completion

January – April 2016

Building preparations, the ‘optimisation phase’: finalising contracts, detailed plans of what the new building will look like. Preparing to move existing utility pipes and cables (for gas, water, electricity and internet access) currently located under the building site.

February – March 2016

Building preparations: moving the existing utilities infrastructure and installing new infrastructure, initial activities commence on site.

April – May 2016

Building preparations: preparing the assembly drawings.

May 2016 (first half)

Finalising the assembly drawings.

May 2016 – June 2017


July 2017

Final phase of construction, resolving any outstanding issues, and final check to clear the building for use.

August – September 2017

Inaugurating and moving into the new building.


Stages: From preliminary design to inauguration

Preliminary design: April 2012 – July 2013

This phase involved developing a preliminary design for the building as a whole, which clearly illustrates the layout and set-up: the functional and spatial layout, routes, facilities for staff and students, architectural appearance and integration of structural, mechanical and electrical installations.

Final design: 1 April 2014 – early 2015

This phase involved developing a detailed design that clearly illustrated the building’s appearance: the internal and external structure; materials, finishes and detailing; structure, type and capacity of the mechanical and electrical installations.

Teams presented two versions of their final design: the first was approved in April 2014 and the alternative version at the beginning of 2015.

Technical design: Early 2015 – May 2015

This phase was dedicated to refining the technical aspects of the building to enable an accurate estimate of the construction costs.

Financing and contracts: September 2015

The next stage was to draw up the financial and contractual agreements. The academy proceeded to initiate a non-public European procurement procedure in order to select a suitable contractor. In September 2015, the academy Accommodations Team arrived at a rough pre-selection of tenderers. Contractors are generally permitted to submit a complete tender, but in this case, they were asked to first present a substantiated proposal before being admitted to the actual selection procedure. The accommodations team then selected a smaller pool of contractors, who were requested to submit their tender and quotation.

This second phase was concluded in September 2015. Construction company M.J. de Nijs en Zonen B.V. from Warmerhuizen was selected as the most economically advantageous tender. They will be the academy’s partner for the construction. De Nijs specialises in relatively difficult inner city projects of all sizes. It mainly operates in Amsterdam and the regions surrounding Alkmaar and Haarlem. De Nijs’s portfolio includes the EYE Film institute, the Hermitage and De Hallen in Amsterdam. Visit for more information about the company and its projects.

Application for environmental permit

The academy must apply to the municipality of Amsterdam for the relevant construction permit, taking account of the environmental and special impacts.

Construction drawings

The purpose of this phase is to refine the final construction drawings to enable the components, materials and installations to be procured or produced. These drawings and plans will be used for the actual construction and assembly on site.