Fire in Grotius building: current situation

Date of news: 17 October 2017

There has been a fire in a technical area in the Grotius building at Radboud University at on Tuesday 17 October. Although the fire has been small, it has consequences for the accessibility and use of the building, which will take some time. In this message we keep students and staff informed about the state of affairs in the building. Last update: Tuesday 31 October.

A lot of smoke developed in the building due to the sprinkler system, that did its job well, and the extinguishing work by the fire brigade. There is virtually no water damage and the smoke damage in the building is limited.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Access to the Grotius building

The Grotius building has reinstated its standard opening hours, namely, Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm and Saturday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The lecture halls on the first floor were reopened on 30 October, as was the lobby on the south side of the ground floor.

This is a crucial time in the reconstruction phase, as work is currently underway to repair the burnt-out electrical cabinet – the building's main artery. Once that is finished, the large lecture hall and the smaller lecture halls will be reopened.

The entire building is expected to reopen in time for the Open Days this Friday and Saturday. Restaurant Het Gerecht will also open by then.

The parking payment terminals and two of the four charging stations for electric cars will also be up and running this week. Due to the Open Day, it has been decided that paid parking will only resume on Monday 6 November.

Next update: Tuesday 2 November