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Learning from the Circl Pavilion

On 29 May, 20 students from TalentStad Beroepscollege, Deltion College, and Windesheim College visited the Circl pavilion to learn about the circular dismantling process. They were welcomed by Nick van Bruggen from contractor lcp-circulair, the organisation overseeing the dismantling.

“Despite the shift towards a circular economy, circularity is often only a small part of the curriculum,” said Van Bruggen. “That’s why we have established a partnership with various educators in the Netherlands to impart this knowledge to students. We invite them to ourprojects and hope these gatherings will further inform them about the possibilities of circular construction and encourage the transition to a circular economy.”

Lcp-circulair is a joint venture between Lagemaat and Cepezed Projects. They specialise in developing, designing, constructing, dismantling, storing, redesigning, and reassembling circular buildings. Another well-known project they carried out was the dismantling of the Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen. The building elements from this project were moved to Oss, where they will be used to expand Theater De Lievekamp in a circular manner.

The visit to the Circl pavilion began with a presentation on linear versus circular construction. In linear construction, a building is designed with the intention of eventually demolishing it. In circular construction, the design process considers from the start which materials can be easily reused later and how they are assembled. This concept was illustrated during the tour of the Circl pavilion.

Van Bruggen explained: “For example, in the ceiling, you see beams made of larch wood, a very strong material that lasts much longer than other types of wood. The beams are screwed. This will make it easier for us to take everything apart and prepare it for re-use later on. The best part of these visits is that when I ask at the beginning who has ever dealt with circularity, no one raises their hand. But as the session progresses, I see them becoming more enthusiastic and realising that things can indeed be done differently. At the end of the meeting, students will take with them a piece of knowledge for the future, contributing to the transition to a circular construction economy.”