History

The Central Government Real Estate Agency is part of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. It is the result of a merger between the Defence Infrastructure Agency , the State Property and Development Agency, the Government Real Estate Directory, and the Government Buildings Agency. It therefore benefits from many centuries of combined experience in real estate.

Defence Infrastructure Agency

The Defence Infrastructure Agency traced its origins back to 1688, when the Council of State appointed François Du Puy du Cambon as the first Director-General for Fortifications, at the suggestion of Stadtholder William III. The Ministry of Defence transferred the Defence Infrastructure Agency to the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations on 1 July 2014.

State Property and Development Agency

The State Property and Development Agency resulted from a 1 July 2009 merger between the Joint State Development Agency (part of the former Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment) and the Immovable Property Agency (part of the Ministry of Finance). In 2012, the Ministry of Finance transferred this Agency to the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Central Government Real Estate Directorate

The Central Government Real Estate Directorate, part of the Ministry of Finance, concerned itself with the strategic objectives of the State’s property portfolio. In 2012, the Ministry of Finance transferred the Directorate to the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Government Buildings Agency

The Royal Decree founding the Government Buildings Agency was issued on 1 August 1922, when the various ministries’ separate buildings agencies merged to form a single, central Government Buildings Agency. The new Agency started out as part of the Ministry of Finance. In addition to a director-general for day-to-day governance, the Agency also had a Government Architect, who took charge of all structural matters in which the Agency was then involved.

After the Second World War, the Government Buildings Agency moved from the Ministry of Finance to the new Ministry of Reconstruction and Housing. The Agency remained part of this Ministry and its successors (ultimately, the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment) until 2010. Since that year, it was part of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.