The estate of Nieuweroord has a rich history. A.G. Bosman bought the land in the early twenties of the former century and had his country house built. The design of the garden-park was made by Dutch renowned landscape architect Springer, a follower of the traditional English landscape architecture. Over the following years, the city of Leiden grew around the estate, that became more and more part of the city. In the late fifties, the municipality bought the premises and built an apartment building for nurses that cut off the park in a front and backyard. The landscape park became a public park, embraced by the neighbourhood by its beauty and diversity, although the park was altered and maintained poorly.
The assignment to redevelop the estate for new residential use, was interpreted by Stijlgroep as an opportunity to reinstall the quality and stature of the Springerpark, as the enchanting English landscape park where the new inhabitants and the surrounding neighbourhood again can experience the beauty and splendour in full glory. Masterplan, urban plan, landscape architecture are all by the hand of Stijlgroep. The proposal got the unanimous popularity vote by the involved stakeholders.
Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
Client: Syntrus Achmea
Date: 2009 - 2010
Category: Strategy, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture