Wijnhavenkwartier in The Hague completed
January 2, 2017
Heijmans has completed the Wijnhavenkwartier in The Hague, one of the largest inner-city office transformations in the Netherlands. Over a period of two years, Heijmans transformed the somewhat boring building, consisting partly of the Dutch Ministry of Security & Justice and partly of the Ministry of the Interior & Kingdom Relations, into an attractive living, work and study complex in a very desirable location in the heart of the city.
The building was demolished down to the bare concrete and then entirely rebuilt, including a new facade and balconies for each apartment, and a new section for Leiden University. The fifth to the twentieth floors of the tower now count 162 apartments and 8 penthouses that have all been sold or rented out. Geurst & Schulze Architects were responsible for the design.
Esther Fleers, Development Manager at Heijmans:
“Together with all our partners, including Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, the municipality of The Hague and Leiden University, we have achieved an amazing feat in The Hague. This is a classic example of an office transformation in the heart of the city. Following five years of hard work the result is even better than I had dared to dream.”
Leiden University & food strip
The campus of Leiden University is spread across the ground floor and the second to the fourth floors of the tower, and in the low building. Over time, 3,500 students will receive an education here in the fields of law, politics and government. These are subject fields that entirely fit the stature of The Hague as an International City of Peace and Justice.
Above the campus, on the fifth and sixth floors of the low building, are offices of which those on the fifth floor are occupied by Leiden University. Various ‘food’ related initiatives, including Dungelmann, McDonalds and Foodmaker, are located on the strip at street level.
The immediate surroundings were also tackled at the same time as the former ministries. The Turfmarkt has been given a new look, the first part of the Turfhaven has been landscaped and Wijnhaven Square will also be given a new decor. All in all, the spruce up of the Wijnhavenkwartier and the public area has made this part of the city a great place to live in or visit.
Token of appreciation
Over the past 2.5 years, the residents in the immediate vicinity have been witness to the transformation of the Wijnhavenkwartier, sometimes accompanied by the usual construction nuisance. As a token of appreciation for their patience, the project team treated the residents to a musical performance. Vita Bolsius (real estate developer Heijmans) invited the people to open their windows and doors in order to enjoy a ‘roof concert'. The concert marked the end of the presence of Heijmans in the Wijnhavenkwartier. Watch the 360o video: