Opposite ORION on Wageningen Campus, a multi-tenant building has been developed for startups and mature knowledge-intensive businesses and institutes. End 2015 marked the completion of Plus Ultra, a location in which synergy, interaction, cooperation and open innovation between the various companies are key. All tenants in this building share knowledge and work together on new developments. Openness, transparency, communication and visibility play a critical role.
Plus Ultra comprises approx. 7,500 m² of laboratories, cleanrooms, pilot plants, climate-controlled spaces, multifunctional research facilities, techno halls, conference rooms, presentation facilities and offices. The ambition of the building is reflected by its name. ‘Plus Ultra’ means “ever further”, as a reference to the drive to keep innovating and improving. Plus Ultra is a reaction to the famous historical text ‘Non Plus Ultra’ placed by Hercules on the 2 pillars at the Strait of Gibraltar. The pillars on both the African and European mainland marked the end of the world: ‘nothing exists beyond this point’. Emperor Charles V, who since 1516 was also the king of Spain, chose ‘Plus Ultra’ – a variation on Non Plus Ultra – as his motto. Under Charles’ reign, Spain experienced an enormous colonial expansion, reflecting that the Strait of Gibraltar no longer marked the end of the world and that Spain’s ambitions extended beyond the horizon. Plus Ultra has since then symbolised the drive to go further, never stop exploring and always be curious. Traits that form the essence of this research complex.
Plus Ultra offers the unique Kadans development concept. A flexible accommodation concept gives te user the possibility of a tailor-made laboratory, office, pilot plant or other research fracility. Any accommodation demand from a user can be incorporated in the design of Plus Ultra. In addition, Plus Ultra is BREEAM-Excellent certified, meeting high sustainability requirements.
Plus Ultra, following the R&D centre of Friesland Campina, formed the second development on the business strip of Wageningen Campus. Wageningen Campus has since 2007 been home to Wageningen University & Research. This education and research institute, which focuses on health, food and the living environment is one of the leading universities in Europe.