Huis ten Bosch Palace to be renovated in one go

The cabinet has agreed to send the House of Representatives a letter on the renovation of Huis ten Bosch Palace prepared by the Minister for Housing and the Central Government Sector, Stef Blok. The palace will be renovated in one go.

The government opted for this approach because it is less expensive and more efficient than the phased renovation plan announced in the 2015 budget for housing and the central government sector. Technical studies have shown that the palace's central section and the Hague wing will also need renovating within 10 years. The total cost of the renovation is estimated at €59 million. Renovating the entire palace in one go is expected to take three years and four months and to be completed in late 2018. Prior to the renovation, the palace's Oranjezaal will be temporarily opened to the public.

The 2015 budget for housing and the central government sector assumed that the palace would be renovated in phases, with the residential wing and the replacement of the technical systems being tackled first, followed by the reception rooms and the Hague wing. Since then, technical studies have been conducted to determine the palace's structural state so that detailed renovation plans can be drawn up, together with a cost estimate. This information was used to decide what work was required.

This led to the following conclusions:

  • The estimated cost of the original phased renovation plan is no longer €35 million but €41.5 million. This is because the palace contains far more asbestos than originally thought. In addition, the roof, chimneys and steps are in a far poorer state than expected.
  • The central section and the Hague wing will have to be renovated within 10 years because of the state they are in. Carrying out this renovation later would cost €32 million at current prices, bringing the total costs to €73.5 million.
  • Renovating the entire palace in one go will cost an estimated €59 million. It is less expensive than phased renovation because it avoids additional project preparation costs and building site costs (for set-up and security). Phased renovation would double the security costs, because the palace would be in use during the subsequent renovation phase. Extra costs would also be incurred for interim repairs and maintenance.

Oranjezaal to be temporarily opened to the public

Next spring, prior to the renovation, the Oranjezaal will be temporarily opened to the public. Anyone who registers their interest will be able to make a brief visit free of charge. Further information will be available in August.