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Ambition and future vision

This section contains information about the future vision for the Marineterrein and the significance of this unique location.
  • What is the Marineterrein’s ambition?

    At Marineterrein Amsterdam, solutions to global issues are devised, tested and put into practice. Here, a community of innovators, scientists, and businesses work together to boost and build upon the strong international position held by both Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The Marineterrein will be developed into a future-proof city district featuring open innovation, accessible and flexible living and working spaces, unique housing, sports, recreation, and greenery.

  • Will the Marineterrein remain a unique place?

    Upon entering the Marineterrein, it becomes immediately apparent what a special part of Amsterdam this area is. The wall, the surrounding water, the tranquillity, the green landscape, and the distinctive buildings appeal to the imagination and set Marineterrein Amsterdam apart from all other areas of the city. These qualities will be retained as much as possible in the future.

  • What values inspire the development of the Marineterrein?

    Several key values have been defined for the development of the Marineterrein. These values are innovation (open to change), connection (knowledge and people), and focus (rest, the ability to work on solutions undisturbed). Several themes also aid in the selection of tenants, the development of projects, and the scheduling of activities.

  • Which themes are important to the development of the Marineterrein?

    The themes that are currently important to the development of the Marineterrein are water, learning, living, mobility, and health. We are seeking solutions for the following social issues:

    • Water: How do we maintain clean swimming water in the Marineterrein harbour and how do we develop an optimum water management system that helps cities cope with rainfall, cool their buildings, and create green roofs?
    • Learning: Technology is changing the world at a rapid pace. Which new skills should we learn in order to stay strong?
    • Living: Urbanization and climate change have significant consequences for the way we live. Which solutions does innovative housing offer?
    • Mobility: We want to do away with polluting and space-consuming vehicles in the city. How can we do this while ensuring that both people and goods arrive at their destinations?
    • Health: Sufficient exercise is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. How do we inspire people to exercise and participate in sport?
  • Why is the Marineterrein being developed into an international innovation area?

    The emphasis on innovation stems from the growing importance of knowledge and creativity for the national economy and national employment. In addition, research has shown that inner city environments create excellent incubators for innovation. The Marineterrein will therefore become an economic ecosystem that will strengthen the city, the region, and the Netherlands as a whole.

  • Will the Marineterrein have housing?

    Yes, an industrious area in the heart of the city centre can’t do without homes and residents who contribute to the overall atmosphere and liveliness of the area. In addition, the city of Amsterdam is experiencing a housing shortage. No decision has been made with respect to the number of houses that can be developed on the Marineterrein site, but this is an issue currently being discussed by the municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch government.

  • What types of housing will be developed?

    The innovative nature of the area will be reflected in the housing, which will feature innovative building techniques, flexible homes and user contracts, housing with communal or circular facilities, and experimental housing.

  • Will the area be sustainable?

    The Marineterrein wants to play a leading role in the sustainability of water, energy, and waste streams. This ambition is currently being examined. At the same time, measures have been implemented to counter the effects of climate change, such as the blue-green roof on building 002.

  • Will traffic be permitted at the Marineterrein?

    The Marineterrein is currently a low-traffic area that is only accessible by vehicle to permit holders and suppliers. The area will become entirely car-free in the future. This means innovative solutions will have to be developed for the transport of people and goods without burdening the surrounding area.

  • Will new sports facilities be developed?

    Sport is part of a healthy city and stimulates interaction at the Marineterrein, with the community, and with the city. The public space, which makes up half of the entire site, will offer plenty of room for sport and play, although perhaps in a different location than the current sports fields. The sports fields will become multifunctional in nature and perhaps also mobile. The possibility of creating sports facilities on the roofs is also being explored, as are plans for an internal sports facility.

  • Will the Marineterrein remain an ‘island’?

    No, Marineterrein Amsterdam will become an open and inviting area with a physical connection to its surroundings and plenty of room for nature, recreation, interaction, and relaxation. Activities in the field of sport, culture, and knowledge will be available to everyone. In addition, more routes for cyclists and pedestrians will be added.

Development and strategy

This section contains more information about the development process, the parties involved, and the strategies employed.
  • What inspired the redevelopment of the Marineterrein?

    In 2011, the Ministry of Defence decided to vacate the most part of the Marine Etablissement Amsterdam, a process that began in 2015 and will be completed in 2018. In 2013, the Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam drew up a strategy document to define a common framework for the development of the Marineterrein area. The corresponding administrative agreement was signed in December 2013. In January 2015, the Voorwerf was transferred to the Central Government Real Estate Agency and the gradual redevelopment of the Marineterrein officially began.

  • Who is overseeing the development of the area?

    The Dutch government (as current owner of the Marineterrein), the municipality of Amsterdam (as the intended buyer), and Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam (as project bureau). These three parties have made clear agreements on the ambition, the assignment to Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam, the temporary letting of vacant buildings, the completion of the first projects, and the development method. These issues have been described in the administrative agreement.

  • What is the significance of the current developments?

    While temporary, all current developments serve as a guideline for the future. Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam initiates and supervises these temporary developments on behalf of the Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam. The local and national governments will jointly decide on the final development of the area.

  • What role does Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam play?

    Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam was tasked with developing the economic and intrinsic values for the grounds. This means that both the economic and social significance of this area will become increasingly important for users, the city of Amsterdam, and society as a whole. This is described in the administrative agreement.

  • What does Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam do?

    Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam manages and operates the rooms and facilities as they become available. Plans are being drawn up that contribute to the long-term significance of the area. These plans refer to the organizations that are relocating to the area temporarily, the activities that are being planned, and the projects that are being developed. Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam is also tasked with informing the public about the developments and maintaining an active dialogue with local residents.

  • Does Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam have a mandate?

    Within the framework of the administrative agreement and the strategy document, Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam can make independent decisions on the temporary development of the area. This means they are free to decide which projects to initiate and which tenants and activities to accept. A steering group, comprised of representatives from the Dutch government and the municipality, will be tasked with supervising Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam.

  • How will the Marineterrein be developed?

    The Marineterrein will be developed progressively and experimentally. This means research will be carried out to determine which activities will make the biggest contribution to the defined goals. The companies and organizations located at the Marineterrein must therefore demonstrate their ability to innovate and their willingness to share knowledge. This is a different approach than traditional zoning plans, which have clear results in mind.

  • Why is the area being developed in phases?

    The Dutch government and the municipality have opted for an organic (or adaptive) approach because it makes it possible to respond flexibly to new insights and future challenges

  • Why is there no zoning plan?

    Marineterrein Amsterdam has always been a military area, which is why there is no zoning plan at the moment.

  • Will there be a zoning plan?

    A document will be drafted to provide a planning framework for the site as a whole. Whether this will take the form of a zoning plan or an environment plan remains unclear.

  • When will the Marineterrein be sold?

    That is not yet known. The Dutch government wants to determine the plans for this unique area before it is sold. The municipality will outline the development framework, for instance by drafting a zoning plan or an environment plan, by developing lease agreements, by issuing permits, and by granting subsidies. Agreements under private law may also be drawn up. The municipality of Amsterdam has right of first refusal.

  • Will the Ministry of Defense stay?

    The recruitment and selection service of the Ministry of Defence will stay on the Marineterrein, as agreed earlier. In July 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Defence indicated its intention to stay on a larger part of the Marineterrein. As the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch central government are currently discussing the consequences of this, the planning and decision-making process for the development decision has been postponed.

  • How will the phased departure of the Ministry of Defence be carried out?

    The Royal Netherlands Navy has managed the site  for years, with the help of several support services from the Ministry of Defence. The Ministry of Defence vacated the Voorwerf in 2015 and Kade West in 2016. This will stay like that. In July 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Defence indicated its intention to stay on a larger part of the Marineterrein. As the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch central government are currently discussing the consequences of this, the planning and decision-making process for the development decision has been postponed.

Plan and decision making

This section contains information about the planning and decision-making process and the associated participation rights.
  • Who is responsible for what at the Marineterrein?

    Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam is responsible for initiating and supervising the temporary developments on behalf of the Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam. The local and national governments will jointly decide on the final development of the area. Decision-making powers and participation rights will be determined in accordance with the so-called Plaberum – the 2017 spatial planning and decision-making process drawn up by the municipality of Amsterdam.

  • How will the planning and decision-making process be carried out?

    The spatial planning and decision-making process (Plaberum) divides the spatial projects into four phases. The memorandum is part of phase 1: the exploration phase. This phase determines the desirability, the possibilities, and the direction of the spatial development of the area. The memorandum also defines the process steps, the division of roles, and the participation process.

    The exploration phase ends with an administrative decision by the Municipal Executive Board – the decision in principle (July 2017) – that will help to define phase 2: the feasibility phase. This phase aims to further define the feasibility of the project and document this in a project memorandum and a corresponding project decision. After discussing the memorandum in October 2017, the Municipal Council passed a motion on its desire to create significantly more houses at the Marineterrein site.

    The Dutch government and the municipality also agreed that a guiding document should be developed for the planning decision-making process, which further defines the principles governing the final development of the area in the long term. This memorandum of principles will become an integral part of the project memorandum. The Dutch government and the municipality will jointly agree on the extent to which the motion can influence these principles. It was agreed with the Municipal Council that a new project proposal would be presented after the municipal elections in March 2018, which should lead to a project decision. This project decision should determine whether the municipality can purchase the site from the Dutch government.

    However, in July 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Defence indicated its intention to stay on a larger part of the Marineterrein. As the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch central government are currently discussing the consequences of this, the planning and decision-making process for the development decision has been postponed.

    Phase 2 will be followed by phase 3 (the development phase) and phase 4 (the execution phase). Phase 3 will be concluded with an investment decision containing agreements on the design, the programme, and the resources for the execution phase.

  • How was the memorandum drafted?

    Research was carried out in 2016 and 2017 on the quality of the area, the future use of the area, and the best way to ensure its flexible development. In addition to these research studies, consultations were held with temporary tenants, local residents, cultural institutions on the Oosterdok, housing corporations that specialize in the Oostelijke Eilanden, and representatives of innovative areas in and outside Amsterdam. This inspired the Marineterrein memorandum. The Municipal Executive Board made a decision in principle on 18 July 2017.

  • What happened after the memorandum was signed?

    The Municipal Executive Board adopted the memorandum in July 2017. An information and consultation session was organized and a motion was passed by the Municipal Council. The memorandum, the final report on the information and consultation session, and the motion formed the basis of the next step: the spatial development document or project memorandum. This project memorandum will be submitted to the Municipal Council for approval after the municipal elections in March 2018, which will then be followed by a public input session.

  • How was the response to the memorandum processed?

    A final report (eindverslag) was drafted following the first information and consultation session on the memorandum. The Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam will take the input shared during this round into consideration during their further planning and decision-making process, among other things in the memorandum of principles and the project memorandum for the Marineterrein.

  • When will the next step be taken in the decision-making process?

    During the Spatial Planning committee meeting on 31 October 2017, the Municipal Executive Board postponed the decision-making process on the future of the Marineterrein until after the municipal elections in March 2018. The Municipal Council wanted more time to decide on the future of this unique area. According to the administrative agreement (summary of Marineterrein strategy doc), legal and spatial planning principles must be submitted to the municipal council in the form of a project memorandum by 1 July 2018 at the latest.

    However, in July 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Defence indicated its intention to stay on a larger part of the Marineterrein. As the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch central government are currently discussing the consequences of this, the planning and decision-making process for the development decision has been postponed.

  • What does the public input session look like for the project memorandum?

    After the Municipal Executive Board adopts the project decision, the project memorandum will be made available to the public. Public input meetings will then be arranged, and the responses will be included in a response memorandum. The project memorandum will then be submitted to the Municipal Council along with the project decision and the response memorandum.

  • Which target groups are involved in the planning and decision-making process?

    Marineterrein Amsterdam is a unique area in which various parties feel involved. For this reason, efforts are being made to reach as many interested parties and stakeholders as possible, such as local residents, businesses and institutions on the Oosterdok, residents of Amsterdam, temporary tenants at the Marineterrein, companies and knowledge institutes in the city, and innovators throughout the Netherlands.

  • What role does the neighbourhood play?

    Interaction with the community will help the Marineterrein become fully embedded in the city. For this reason, citizen initiatives are being developed that correspond to the themes and values of Marineterrein Amsterdam. A platform was developed with the help of local residents to determine how local activities can enhance the themes and how Marineterrein Amsterdam can improve the neighbourhood. Examples include making the new technology developed on the grounds available to local residents or facilitating sport activities.

  • What is Expeditie Oosterdok?

    We are collaborating with ‘programming neighbours’ such as NEMO, ARCAM, OBA, and Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ to develop joint activities under the Expeditie Oosterdok banner.

  • Where can I find up-to-date information and how can I participate?

    • Our website contains information about the participation and input possibilities.
    • Tours: every last Friday of the month, you can participate in a tour about what’s going on at the Marineterrein right now.
    • Bijpraten met de buurt (‘Chat with neighbours’): residents can participate in meetings to discuss the latest developments at the Marineterrein. This meeting is organized at least three times per year. See our Agenda.
    • Meet-ups: you can participate in regular meet-ups that explore specific topics, such as smart water management or flexible sport facilities. Some meet-ups are in English, see our Agenda.
    • Programme: initiatives that correspond to the themes and values of the Marineterrein site may find a place there under the supervision of Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam. Click here for more information.
    • Work placement positions and research: we regularly work with universities and universities of applied sciences on relevant topics. Please mail to info@marineterrein.nl.

Timeline

This section contains information about the Marineterrein development schedule.
  • What is the Marineterrein’s development schedule?

    • December 2013: administrative agreement
    • January 2015: Voorwerf accessible to public
    • January 2016: Kade West accessible to public
    • January 2016: temporary bridge and building 027E open
    • Early 2016: EU presidency hosted at Marineterrein
    • July 2017: memorandum and decision in principle
    • 2018: The municipal council wanted a development decision to be made soon after the municipal elections in March 2018. In July 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Defence indicated its intention to stay on a larger part of the Marineterrein. As the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch central government are currently discussing the consequences of this, the planning and decision-making process for the development decision has been postponed.

Working and learning

This section contains information about working and learning at the Marineterrein.
  • Will the Marineterrein become an industrial estate?

    No, the Marineterrein will not become an industrial estate in the future. It will also not become a park, a festival grounds, or an island-within-an-island that only houses knowledge workers. In the future, the Marineterrein will become a vibrant and innovative city district with quite a bit of free space. It will also feature homes and businesses, knowledge institutes, sport facilities, cultural facilities, and green public spaces.

  • Why is the Marineterrein being developed into an international innovation area?

    The emphasis on innovation stems from the growing importance of knowledge and creativity for the national economy and national employment. In addition, research has shown that inner city environments create excellent incubators for innovation. The Marineterrein will therefore become an economic ecosystem that will strengthen the city, the region, and the Netherlands as a whole.

  • Will the area exclusively house major knowledge institutes?

    No campus will be created here, like the one Google has. Huge office buildings simply do not fit the scale, the size, the atmosphere, and the profile of the Marineterrein. The area will, however, house communities of pioneering professionals. These include small and medium-sized companies in the field of sustainable design or digital innovation, as well as the research and development departments of larger companies. Restaurants and local shops will also be added for convenience purposes.

  • What types of companies are currently located at the Marineterrein?

    The Marineterrein is temporarily home to organizations that specialize in talent development, knowledge sharing, technology, and sustainable urban innovation. All companies, institutions, and activities are expected to make a demonstrable and long-term contribution to the Marineterrein’s ambitions. An excellent example of this is Smart Roof 2.0, which was founded in collaboration with Drain Products/Urban Roofscapes and other institutes at the Marineterrein. The roof is used to research how blue-green roofs contribute to the greening, cooling, and collection of rainwater in the city.

  • What can I learn at the Marineterrein?

    Learning has always played an important role at the Marineterrein. The world is changing faster and faster because of new technology. This development is creating fundamentally new types of jobs that need different skills or call for different ways of learning. Organizations on the Marineterrein are working together to develop smart solutions that will help people gain the tools they need. For example, you can follow a revolutionary programming course with no need for prior training or education at Codam. At Growth Tribe, you can find out how artificial intelligence can benefit your organization and at The App Academy, you can design your own mobile applications. By devising, testing, and applying new ways of learning, we want to make sure our society, our city, and our neighbourhood are better able to cope with these rapid changes.

  • Can I rent space at the Marineterrein?

    Organizations interested in relocating to the Marineterrein temporarily can complete this form. We receive a lot of requests from interested parties and we have a limited number of buildings that we can rent out as a temporary office or studio space in 2018. As a result, your chances of renting a space in the future is extremely small. If a suitable space becomes available in the short-term or long-term, Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam will contact you.

Housing

This section contains information about housing and residential building at the Marineterrein.
  • Will the Marineterrein have housing?

    Yes, an industrious area in the heart of the city centre can’t do without homes and residents who contribute to the overall atmosphere and liveliness of the area. In addition, the city of Amsterdam is experiencing a housing shortage. No decision has been made with respect to the number of houses that can be developed on the Marineterrein site, but this is an issue currently being discussed by the municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch government.

  • What types of housing will be developed?

    The innovative nature of the area will be reflected in the housing, which will feature innovative building techniques, flexible homes and user contracts, housing with communal or circular facilities, and experimental housing.

  • Why is innovative housing preferred?

    Urbanization, climate change, and the rise of technology is dramatically changing the way we live. The Marineterrein can research and test the available options as it boasts the necessary knowledge and talent and because innovative concepts have a better chance of succeeding here than anywhere else.

  • Will social housing be developed?

    Several types of rental properties and housing types will be developed for varying target groups. The municipality wants to follow the Woonagenda 2025 (2025 Housing Agenda) as much as possible, which aims to develop considerably more housing for the low and middle-income sector. No decision has been made on the total number of homes or the distribution of future homes among the different target groups, but the issue is currently being discussed by the municipality of Amsterdam and the Dutch government.

  • Can I register for housing?

    Registration is not possible, as we do not have enough information about the housing types at this point. The issue is currently being discussed by the Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam. Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam will publish an update as soon as more information becomes available.

Public spaces

This section contains information about the public spaces at the Marineterrein.
  • Is the Marineterrein open to the public?

    No, the Marineterrein is currently owned by the Dutch government and part of it is still considered a military area. The other part is publicly accessible but not officially open to the public. This means several additional rules apply to all visitors, in addition to the standard rules that apply in a public space:

    • Respect the quietness of the area
    • Clean up after yourself
    • Park your bike in a bike rack
    • Parking spaces are only available for parking permit holders
    • Keep dogs on a lead
    • No boats
    • No mopeds or scooters
    • No barbecuing
  • How much of the area will be turned into public space?

    The Ministry of Defence will remain on a part of the Marineterrein. In the future, half of the public part of the Marineterrein will be transformed into a public, car-free space with lots of green. The space should become a place where people can come to play sports, enjoy the view, or enjoy the quiet. The public space includes the entire undeveloped section of the Marineterrein, as well as the water in the harbour and some of the roofs that will become open to the public. The amount of public space at the Marineterrein will be considerably larger than the public space in the rest of the city centre.

  • What is the quality of the public space?

    Innovation flourishes when people interact in buildings or during chance encounters on and around the Marineterrein site. This calls for the development of an attractive and high-quality public space. The Voorwerf will become the central green space and the quays on the Oosterdok will be retained and made accessible to pedestrians. Sport will also play an important role in the development of the Marineterrein.

  • Will the area be sustainable?

    The Marineterrein wants to play a leading role in the sustainability of water, energy, and waste streams. This ambition is currently being examined. At the same time, measures have been implemented to counter the effects of climate change, such as the blue-green roof on building 002.

  • How green will the area become?

    Half the area will remain undeveloped and will feature lots of green, with the green Voorwerf and the sports fields serving as prime examples. Blue-green roofs will also be developed, as well as green areas for recreation and relaxation. The parking bays will be removed.

  • What will happen to the trees?

    The number of trees will remain the same or increase on the Marineterrein, while existing valuable trees will remain in place. Innovative growth methods will also be explored.

  • Can I moor my boat at the Marineterrein?

    Mooring your boat in the quays will not be permitted in the future, except for loading and unloading people and goods (with permission).

Sport and culture

This section contains information about sport and culture at the Marineterrein.
  • Which sports facilities are currently available?

    At the moment, the Marineterrein only has outdoor sports facilities and a track. The area is also part of the marked running trail ‘Rondje Oosterdok’. The quality of the water in the harbour is currently being examined with an eye toward turning it into a swimming harbour in the future.

  • Will new sports facilities be developed?

    Sport is part of a healthy city and stimulates interaction at the Marineterrein, with the community, and with the city. The public space, which makes up half of the entire site, will offer plenty of room for sport and play, although perhaps in a different location than the current sports fields. The sports fields will become multifunctional in nature and perhaps also mobile. The possibility of creating sports facilities on the roofs is also being explored, as are plans for an internal sports facility.

  • What is happening in terms of culture?

    Culture and innovation go hand in hand at the Marineterrein. Initiatives by artists and creative entrepreneurs are always welcome, as they facilitate crossovers between new technologies and art that can stimulate and inspire the general public. The Marineterrein also participates in city-wide and national events such as the Uitmarkt, the Amsterdam Light Festival, and the Grachtenfestival.

  • Is the Marineterrein open to neighbourhood initiatives?

    Interaction with the community will help the Marineterrein become fully embedded in the city. For this reason, citizen initiatives are being developed that correspond to the themes and values of Marineterrein Amsterdam. We collaborated with community organizations on the 100-year anniversary of the Potato Riots and on the project Het gezicht van 1018 (The face of 1018).

  • What is Expeditie Oosterdok?

    We are collaborating with ‘programming neighbours’ such as NEMO, ARCAM, OBA, and Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ to develop joint activities under the Expeditie Oosterdok banner.

  • Is the Marineterrein open to cultural institutions?

    The Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam have expressed an interest in creating space for cultural institutions in order to support the other functions hosted here. No further details are known at this time.

Traffic and the surrounding area

This section contains information about traffic and the surrounding area at the Marineterrein.
  • Will traffic be permitted at the Marineterrein?

    The Marineterrein is currently a low-traffic area that is only accessible by vehicle to permit holders and suppliers. The area will become entirely car-free in the future. This means innovative solutions will have to be developed for the transport of people and goods without burdening the surrounding area.

  • Where can visitors park?

    We encourage visitors and users to travel by bicycle or public transport. We recommend visitors who are arriving by car to park in the Zeeburg P+R location outside the city centre or the car parks in the area.

  • Will a through road be created for cyclists?

    This was one of the first things developed by Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam. Cyclists and pedestrians can enter the area via the temporary Commandantsbrug off Dijksgracht or enter through the gate on Kattenburgerstraat. An extra bridge to NEMO for cyclists and pedestrians will likely be created to improve the link to the city.

  • How will the neighbourhood benefit from the new Marineterrein?

    Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam entered into talks with the local community to come up with ideas that could benefit the neighbourhood directly. One of these ideas was to share an infrastructure for internet, energy, and logistics. Unfortunately, it is difficult to invest in projects outside the Marineterrein during the temporary phase, which is expected to last until 2021.

  • Will the Marineterrein cause a nuisance to the surrounding neighbourhood?

    The development of the Marineterrein and the rest of the area will be gradual. We will examine new approaches to construction logistics, such as via the water. No decisions have been made with respect to construction and no plans have been approved. Construction work is not likely to begin until 2021 at the earliest. No additional details can be provided at this time.

  • Who is overseeing the major construction projects in the surrounding area?

    A lot will change in the area surrounding the Marineterrein in the years to come, such as the construction of the Eilandenboulevard, the redevelopment of parts of the Oostenburg, the construction of the Booking.com headquarters on Oosterdokseiland, and the expected construction of a new bridge over the IJ. The municipality of Amsterdam is responsible for planning these projects and communicating about them.

  • How will construction affect Oosterdokseiland?

    The new Booking.com headquarters will be constructed on Oosterdokseiland. While this has nothing to do with the development of the Marineterrein, it will influence the accessibility of the area. The Oosterdoksdraaibrug will be closed from 9 January 2018, forcing cyclists and pedestrians coming from the central railway station to take a different route to the Marineterrein. This situation will last several years. Developer BPD and the municipality will continue to work on improving accessibility and signposting. For more information visit oosterdokseiland.nl.

Existing buildings

This section contains information about the existing buildings at the Marineterrein.
  • Which old buildings can be found at Marineterrein?

    The long and distinctive Poortgebouw (gatehouse) on Kattenburgerstraat is a Dutch national heritage building dating from 1655. Building 024 at the Marineterrein was built around 1860 as a carpentry workshop and is a protected national monument, as is the small Zeekadettenkorps building (031), which dates from the early twentieth century.

  • Which buildings were built in the 1960s?

    Most of the other buildings at the Marineterrein were built in the 1960s. The Marineterrein underwent extensive renovation after the completion of the IJtunnel. Office buildings, warehouses, workshops, sports facilities, a conference centre, a logistics centre, training facilities, a barracks, and two residential buildings were added around this time, all in a modern and functional architectural style.

  • What will happen to the two more recent buildings?

    The Royal Military Police building on the corner of Dijksgracht and Kattenburgerstraat was built in 2005. The titanium building behind the wall is also relatively new and houses the depot for Het Scheepsvaartmuseum (the National Maritime Museum). It was built in 2002 based on a design by Liesbeth van der Pol.

  • What will happen to the existing buildings?

    Most of the existing buildings on the site will be temporarily rented out until the final developments begin. Some of these buildings may be reused to preserve the history of the area, while others may be demolished to make room for more public space or new buildings.

  • What will happen to the heritage buildings?

    Prominent and historic buildings will be preserved. The same applies to part of the wall. The Office of Monuments and Archaeology at the Municipality of Amsterdam conducted research on the value of the buildings and made several recommendations.

  • Will the wall be preserved?

    Part of the wall has historical value and will be preserved.