Utrecht’s roadmap was finalised in August 2022. However, in October 2022, the decision was taken by the parties involved that the Machinerie cannot be developed in a feasible and responsible way under the current circumstances, mainly because the cultural sector in the Netherlands has not yet recovered from the impact of the Covid and the uncertain future due to the current price increases of energy and construction costs.
The Machinerie will be a creative, sustainable hotspot and a testing hub for creative crossovers, while being an accessible place that acts as a central networking web for the creatives and the neighbourhood.
The Machinerie is strongly connected to the historic urban area where it is located, the Werkspoorkwartier, by becoming its core hotspot via collaborative projects and placemaking opportunities that involve and strengthen the community and trigger the branding of the Machinerie.
The HUB-IN area is located in the historic industrial area – the Werkspoorkwartier – which is a triangular shaped area of 45 hectares located at the geographical centre of the city of Utrecht. It is an area that hosted old factory buildings for steel production, particularly trains and bridge constructions, and which is now being redeveloped into a cultural and creative district.
The aim for the Werkspoorkwartier is to become an exciting urban destination with a mix of authentic public spaces and alternative places to meet, visit and enjoy. Here visitors find food and drinks, sports, playgrounds, neighbourhood workshops, films, exhibitions, concerts and events in unesxpected locations. The Machinerie Will contribute to further develop this vibrant environment: diverse, open outward looking and interconnected.
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