HEMbrug site in Zaandam
Hemkade 18
in Zaandam


From March 1 the digital bid book was availabele.


Object information

Hemkade 18, 1506 PR Zaandam
Size of plot:
approx. 42.50.00 ha
Year of construction:
approx. 1895

HEMbrug site in Zaandam

The Ministry of Defence’s former HEMbrug site has become a creative incubator - a surprising hotspot of urban culture blended with heritage. A place where nothing is ordinary and that offers countless possibilities. A flexible and versatile location that blends authenticity, entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, sustainability, innovative strength, and a community that is eager to move forwards into the future. And above all, a site where there is ample space for development.

The entire HEMbrug site covers an area of approximately 42.50 hectares, of which around 7.30 hectares is occupied by buildings and around 15 hectares is a wooded area. About 38.5 hectares of the site is currently being offered for sale, including 77 buildings (with a total area of approximately 50,000 m² GLA). Thirty-five of the buildings have a protected monument status (including both national and municipal monuments). Eleven buildings (with a total area of approximately 3,325 m²) are currently leased on the basis of a rental agreement or a temporary rental agreement.

Since 2012, the Central Government Real Estate Agency has been working with the municipality of Zaanstad and the province of Noord-Holland to develop the site. During that time, the site has been opened up, a number of protected buildings have been renovated and leased, and the soil has been partially cleansed. The municipality of Zaanstad has also recently released the draft local area plan for the neighbourhood. This states its plans for HEMbrug very clearly: a mixed residential and commercial area of 180,000 m2 GLA, with up to 120,000 m2 GLA of residential buildings.

The Central Government Real Estate Agency is currently in talks with several tenants of existing buildings on the Hembrug site, who have been offered first refusal on the purchase of the respective buildings. These plots, and the buildings and associated facilities that they accommodate (30 buildings in total) will not be part of this sale.

Local area plan: Nieuw HEMbrug and surroundings
HEMbrug has four main functions that are shown on the area plan map: Mixed Area, Wooded Area, Green Space and Residential-Road Traffic Area. In order to maintain the flexibility of the development of the site, many possible activities may be assigned to these functions including housing, commercial business activities and the holding of events in the Mixed Use Area. The Wooded Area may include activities related to the development of the natural environment, daytime recreation, catering operations or other business operations and activities related to traffic access functions. The intended flexibility is also reflected in the positioning of buildings, the form of buildings and the type of activities that this makes possible.

Procedure status

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


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Contact details

The Central Government Real Estate Agency
Person to contact: Mr. J. Nugteren
E-mail address: biedboek@rijksoverheid.nl

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