Binnenhof renovation schedule
Timeline renovation Binnenhof
An overview of preparation and implementation
In September 2015, the Dutch government decided to renovate the Binnenhof complex. Following approval from the Dutch Senate and the House of Representatives, preparation began in late 2016. Below you will find the tentative schedule for the preparation and implementation phases. The renovation is expected to last from 2020 to 2025.
The Dutch government opted for a sleek renovation that tackles the entire Binnenhof within a single period of 5.5 years. The government is hereby following the advice issued by Liesbeth Spies on 6 July 2015.
Local consultations about the Binnenhof are held to flesh out plans to keep the city centre accessible and attractive during the renovations. These consultations are attended by local representatives, including residents, entrepreneurs, cultural institutions, interest groups, the municipality, the Central Government Real Estate Agency and marketing organisations in the city centre of The Hague.
After several debates, the House of Representatives approves the government's decision. The Senate also supports the plans. As per the agreement, the renovation will be carried out in one go for a maximum of 475 million euros (2015 price level) over a period of 5.5 years. Preparations are made to start the renovation process.
The programme of requirements is a comprehensive document in which Binnenhof users and the Central Government Real Estate Agency define the requirements the complex must meet. Examples include the number of square metres of office space, the necessary catering facilities, the technical climate requirements (heating and ventilation) and fire safety guidelines.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency selects the architects responsible for translating the programme of requirements into a concrete design. Architects Ellen van Loon (Office for Metropolitan Architecture, OMA) and Liesbeth van der Pol (Dok Architecten) will coordinate the renovation. No public tender is issued because the work itself is considered confidential.
Minister Plasterk and Alderman Revis receive the book of proposals (Renovatie Binnenhof, met oog voor de omgeving), which contains the suggestions, opportunities, and wishes identified during the local consultations about making the Binnenhof area accessible and attractive during the renovation and maintaining the flow of visitors.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency scans the Binnenhof inside and out for a so-called building information model (BIM). This 3D representation of the building complex will help architects and construction companies get started.
The core Binnenhof team takes over from the local consultative council and consists of representatives from Bureau Binnenstad, Mauritshuis, Het Nationale Theater, ProDemos, The Hague Marketing, the Central Government Real Estate Agency and the municipality.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency appoints a manager to serve as the primary point of contact for entrepreneurs, residents and other stakeholders in the area surrounding the Binnenhof. The area manager meets with interest group representatives, participates actively in consultations, such as the Overkoepelend Overleg Pleinkwartier (OOP), and helps the municipality develop a cultural programme.
Several issues must be investigated before the renovation work can start. Cables and pipelines have to be checked, archaeological research has to be conducted, and protected flora and fauna have to be identified. The Zoogdiervereniging (Mammal Society), for example, will team up with bat researchers to determine how these animals use the Binnenhof.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency informs residents, entrepreneurs and other local stakeholders of several potential changes to the exterior of the Binnenhof, which will be visible after the renovation work is completed in 2025. They have the opportunity to examine and respond to the proposals during an open information session.
The architects will present their preliminary design based on the needs and wishes and on the detailed information about the Binnenhof complex. While not a detailed design, it does give a good impression of the layout and structure of the building complex. It also contains information about the size and location of kitchens, what the entrances will look like and where the technical installations will be installed. Input from the surround area will be included in the design wherever possible.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency will choose the parties responsible for carrying out the renovation work. No public tender will be issued because the work itself is considered confidential. The Central Government Real Estate Agency will first and foremost ask the contractors to advise on the feasibility of the design.
The municipality and the Central Government Real Estate Agency will define the frameworks for the construction site and underlying logistics. The Central Government Real Estate Agency will provide residents, entrepreneurs and other local stakeholders with relevant updates.
The architects and technical experts will create a detailed design of the building complex. This final design will offer a detailed blueprint of the Binnenhof complex, including information about the technical installations, the materials to be used and the spatial layout. In a letter to the States General on 1 July 2019, Minister Knops said he was working on completing an approved final design for the House of Representatives by May 2020. The final design for the other users is expected to be ready in early 2020. The contractors will develop the final design into a technical design and an implementation design. This will clarify the design of the construction site and the routes needed to supply and remove building materials.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency will start applying for the renovation permit. Several permits must be requested throughout the renovation process (e.g. preparatory soil research and spatial planning exemption), starting in 2019. Open consultation is part of the permit process.
All Binnenhof employees will move to a different location during the renovation of the Binnenhof. The Senate and the Council of State will relocate to Lange Voorhout 34-36/Kazernestraat, the House of Representatives will relocate to Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, and the Ministry of General Affairs will relocate to the Catshuis grounds.
Prinsjesdag 2020 will be held at the Binnenhof complex, after which the contractors will start renovation work. The first activities consist of moving cables and pipelines in the outdoor area, conducting preliminary research, dismantling the buildings and removing asbestos. The Binnenhof will not be used for the duration of the renovation. The Central Government Real Estate Agency and the municipality will look for ways to keep the Binnenhof and the surrounding area accessible and attractive. Local residents and entrepreneurs will be included in talks on this subject.
The renovation work is complete and the Binnenhof is once again open for use. All users are expected to return during the Christmas recess.