The Binnenhof complex in The Hague is home to the Dutch Senate, House of Representatives, Council of State, and Ministry of General Affairs. The complex, a centuries-old monument that is still constantly ‘in service’, is owned by the Central Government Real Estate Agency. After a period of intensive use, the Binnenhof complex is now plagued by a wide variety of technical and structural defects. Large-scale renovation will be required to ensure the safety of visitors to the complex and an improvement in the working conditions of those who work there. Last, but not least, the renovation is crucial to the long-term maintenance of a significant part of our cultural heritage.
Temporary accommodation for the Ministry of General Affairs
Between 2020 and 2025 a temporary building on the premises of the Catshuis will provide safe, presentable and appropriate accommodation to the Ministry of General Affairs. The Central Government Real Estate Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf) is responsible for the realization of the unit based building, designed by State Architect Floris Alkemade. The works will start end of 2019 and will continue until the Ministry of General Affairs relocates in the summer of 2020. The Catshuis itself remains untouched. The site will be returned to its present state after 2025, when The Binnenhof renovation has been completed.