Havenkwartier is being transformed into a new sustainable city district, the new hotspot for the Haaglanden region. At less than 15 minutes from the city centre of The Hague and close to the train station of Rijswijk and the city centre of Bogaard, this part of the Plaspoelpolder business park is developed into a modern, creative and attractive new neighbourhood with nautical qualities. Here, around the attractive city harbour, people will be able to live, work and recreate in a hip environment with all amenities, such as nice restaurants and cafes, a gym and local supermarket, within easy reach.
UrbanParks is part of this area development and consists of unique green residential and commercial buildings, which are connected by a plinth. The many attractive little parks and roof gardens turn the new location into a green haven. With this area development, VanWonen is transforming an existing office location into a vibrant new area that combines living and working. Approximately 600 apartments are being built in UrbanParks, as well as 4,400 m2 of commercial space and other amenities. A wonderful new location for living, working and relaxing in the heart of the new Havenkwartier in Rijswijk.
Varied range of housing
UrbanParks offers a varied range of housing for a broad target group. It consists of affordable and medium-priced homes, ranging from studios to spacious three-bedroom apartments. The smaller homes are ideal for young professionals and first-time home buyers. The range of housing, with a relatively large number of affordable and medium-priced homes, fits in well with the planning objectives of the municipality of Rijswijk to develop more homes in this segment. These homes are particularly suitable for people moving up on the housing ladder and people with a medium income who are not (or no longer) eligible for social housing.
Biodiversity, climate adaptation, and social cohesion
In the UrbanParks plan, biodiversity plays a major role. Through the use of specific landscaping and planting, the flora and fauna are enhanced. The building and surroundings are designed to be climate-adaptive. Abundant rainwater is stored to slowly release it over time and to reuse it. There will also be many shared outdoor spaces. UrbanParks is designed in such a way that meeting neighbours and interacting with them is stimulated.
Completion expected in 2025
At the end of 2021, the letter of intent for UrbanParks was signed with the municipality. In the coming period, the participation process with local residents and other stakeholders will start. The input from the participation process will be used to work out the UrbanParks plan in more detail. After the zoning plan amendment, the construction of UrbanParks will start in the second half of 2023. It is expected that the first homes will be handed over in the second half of 2025.