Rotterdam-based practice Maxwan has completed the master plan. The master plan strengthens the connection between the historic city centre in its south and Leiden’s Bio-Science district in its north. Special care is taken to create a natural transition from the historic centre into this new high density neighborhood: the street network has a similar fine grain and scale, due to a special building typology. By combining low street facades with set back high rises, high density is created while attractive light streets, squares and green spaces are retained. The plan comprises 1000 new houses, workspaces for local starters as well as international firms, a new extension of Leiden’s shopping-centre, a multiplex cinema, cutting-edge parking solutions and a new public transport hub including an indoor bus station and a light-rail station. New- and enhanced connections allow pedestrians and bicyclists to travel on street level, between the two sides of the station without crossing cars, busses and trams.