The renovation of the Binnenhof in The Hague is again considerably more expensive. The project, originally estimated at EUR 475 million, will cost approximately EUR 718 million. This was reported by outgoing State Secretary Raymond Knops in a letter to the House of Representatives.
The new estimate is more than 50 percent higher than the original. Last year, the amount was already adjusted to 562 million euros.
According to Knops, the renovation will be more expensive due to extra safety measures. An additional EUR 127 million will be earmarked for security following a threat analysis by the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism. In addition, 13.9 million euros more will be spent on sustainability plans.
The renovation of the Binnenhof will therefore cost more than 607 million euros. 111 million euros has been earmarked for the temporary housing of the House of Representatives in the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Bezuidenhoutseweg in The Hague.
‘Sober and effective’ renovation
In 2015, the House gave the green light for a ‘sober and efficient’ renovation of the buildings on the Binnenhof. That principle remains in force, Knops writes. Apart from the items of safety and sustainability, the project may only be more expensive because of ‘unforeseen technical implementation risks’, or because of higher construction costs due to scarcity on the market.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives met for the time being for the last time in the House of Representatives building. The parliamentarians will work in the temporary accommodation for the next 5.5 years. Should the House return to debate during the summer recess, it can do so in the Ridderzaal. It has already been used for debates in the Senate.