Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:45
King's home renovation bill hits €35m
The renovation for the Hague palace Huis ten Bosch will cost nearly 35 million euro. The renovation will take an expected two years to complete. At Huis ten Bosch the lead pipes need to be replaced, the asbestos removed, the garden addressed and the interior decorated in a modern fashion. Frank Wassenaar, spokesperson of the Kingdom Real Estate Company (Rijksvastgoedberijf) says that the building does not meet the requirements of the times, AD.nl reports, making the 35 million euro renovation necessary. The Rijksvastgoedbedrijf stated that 35 million euro is a typical amount for the renovation of such a monument from the seventeenth century. Renovations of comparable properties cost 4 thousand to 5 thousand euros per square meter, the service says. During the two year renovation the king and his family will live in villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar. There a temporary building will be built in the garden for meetings and business receptions. The town of Wassenaar has already authorized this construction. The construction of the temporary building will start in a month. The royal office will have a hall, meeting room, two consultation rooms (one for King Willem-Alexander, one for Queen Maxima), bathrooms and a pantry. Mayor Jan Hoekema is pleased that the royals will be staying in "his" Wassenaar for a few more years. "It is of course the family's choise, but it gives me pleasure."