Haarlem Domed Prison Penitentiary Institute
Harmenjansweg 4
in Haarlem


Object information

Harmenjansweg 4, 2031 WK Haarlem
Current use:
Designated use:
Societal purposes - penitentiary institution
Surface (GFA):
approx. 20,480 m²
Size of plot:
approx. 1.70.66 ha
Year of construction:
approx. 1899

Sold: Harmenjansweg 4 in Haarlem

The redevelopment of the domed prison in Haarlem is a unique and complex task. In order to ensure that the sale of the domed prison in Haarlem conforms as closely as possible to market expectations, it was decided to hold a market consultation for this property. Nineteen parties indicated their willingness to participate in the consultation process (the application process is now closed). The evaluation of the results of the market consultation by the City of Haarlem and the Central Government Real Estate Agency will take place in late November and early December. After the consultation, the input obtained will be processed and made available in anonymised form to all participants in the market consultation. Any market-sensitive information will be handled in strict confidence.

The domed prison complex on Harmenjansweg in Haarlem is partly a listed national monument. It has a gross floor area of about 20,480m², and a total area of 1.70.66 hectares. The Haarlem Penitentiary Institute was built between 1899 and 1901 by the then architect of the Ministry of Justice, William C. Metzelaar, using the panopticon principle that had already been applied by his father Johan F. Metzelaar in Breda and Arnhem. In the 1980s and 1990s a sizeable extension was built in the courtyard of the domed prison building (approximately 8,000m² GLA). This accommodates workspaces and a library, among other things.
The complex is made up of three clusters: the Dome (approx. 8,000m² GLA), the ‘De Vest’ remand centre (approx. 4,000 m² GLA), and the new-build cluster (approx. 8,000 m² GLA). The domed main prison building is almost free-standing and forms the heart of the complex: all the other buildings are arranged around it.

The complex is located on the edge of the city centre of Haarlem in the eastern part of the city in the Scheepmakerskwartier, and has excellent transport links. Haarlem railway station is less than a ten-minute walk away. Its strategic location relative to motorways and the city centre, together with its unique design, mean that the complex occupies a very special and distinctive position in the city of Haarlem.

Procedure status

  •  Publication
  •  Request bid book
  •  Selection phase
  •  Bidding phase
  •  Awarding
  •  Agreement
  •  Transfer (current state)


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