The Mauritskazerne opens July 1 at the WFC. The barracks are used as a location for business events for up to 600 people. A national monument where history, sustainability and food come together. The location can be viewed during the opening, you can register via this link.
The Mauritskazerne was built in 1904 and exudes history through the industrial look of the building. The interior of recycled materials reinforces that feeling. A great place for a conference or business event. In the Mauritskazerne you can receive up to 300 guests in plenary, or 600 in a party setting. The location also has 12 sub-rooms.
In the long term, the surroundings of the Mauritskazerne will change into a bustling urban area, which is all about food. For example, there will be a World Food Center Experience, in which the Mauritskazerne is already taking advantage: the lunch and dinner packages have been put together with local farmers and food suppliers. You discover it during the opening!
Program July 1, 2019
4.30 pm Reception
5 p.m. Opening time
5.30 pm Discover the location & festive drink
7 pm End
Registration is necessary, which helps us to waste as little food as possible. You can register via this link.
It is recommended to use public transportation. The Mauritskazerne is a stone's throw from Ede-Wageningen station. The trains to / from Amersfoort, Utrecht and Arnhem stop here.
We are working hard on the WFC site! Excavators are plowing through the area and trucks with sand are coming and going. The area around the Mauritskazerne where the WFC Experience will be installed, will be prepared for future use. An important part in this is the detection and removal of non-jumped explosives (NGEs).
The Maurits-Zuid site where the WFC comes is part of the former barracks of Ede. From that historical function and the location right next to the railway, the location in the Second World War was regularly the target of English bombers. In preparation for the construction work in the coming years, the soil is now being released from explosives that have not been jumped.
Dealing with possible explosives requires a careful approach. After removal of the top layer such as street clinkers or bushes, special detection equipment is searched for 'disturbances'. If there is a suspicion of explosives, it is carefully excavated. In places where buildings are built up, a further excavation is detected after a meter of excavation. For example, it is looked at up to 3 meters deep or there may still be explosives.
No unnecessary luxury
That the search for unexploded explosives is not a superfluous luxury, agrees with junior project leader Wiard Ligterink of the Municipality of Ede: 'Last year a 500-pounder was found on the adjacent Maurits-Noord site. At the same time we can take other contamination with us. For example, oil and tar-like substances that used to be used as barracks in the past. "