Plot Oostenburg island
in Amsterdam


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Object information

Address: Oostenburgermiddenstraat, 1018 LL Amsterdam
Surface (GFA): approx. 36,500 m²
Size of plot: 01.77.10 ha

For sale: a unique development opportunity of approx. 36,500m2 (GFA) in the heart of Amsterdam (Oostenburg island)

The land is ready for development and is located on Oostenburg island in the centre of Amsterdam, on private land adjacent to a public waterway (Oostenburgervaart). The plot is flanked by monumental buildings on several sides. The object is known as Oostenburgermiddenstraat at (1018 LL) in Amsterdam.

The plot is fully owned by the state and registered with the land registry as the municipality of Amsterdam N, section N, numbers 3917 and 3918, which together cover an area of 17,710m². In addition to land, part of the cadastral plot is also covered by water (approx. 2,415m² of the aforementioned area).

• Residential, up to 28,000m²
• Commercial, up to 6,500m²
• Parking facilities, at least 2,000m²

Historical development
Together with Kattenburg and Wittenburg, Oostenburg is one of Amsterdam's three eastern islands. Between 1665 and 1795, Oostenburg was used as a wharf by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Oostenburg is in fact a chain of five separate wharf islands, upon one of which the Zeemagazijn warehouse once stood. This imposing building, which was the VOC’s central warehouse, collapsed in 1822, after which a new and smaller warehouse was built on the same spot. The second warehouse is still standing, and is now used as an apartment complex. This latter building is located opposite the object that is available for purchase.

Oostenburg is also known for the Koninklijke Fabriek van Stoom- en andere Werktuigen (Royal Factory for Steam and Other Implements), which was built here in 1826. In the second half of the nineteenth century, this was one of the most important pieces of economic infrastructure in the Netherlands. After 1929, the factory became known as Werkspoor, and since 1954 as Stork and the NDSM. The island played a key role in Amsterdam’s industrial revolution.

Amsterdam’s eastern islands, which were once on the edge of the city of Amsterdam, are now located on the north-eastern edge of the city centre. On the opposite side of the IJ, there are residential neighbourhoods. The island is linked directly to the A10 via the Piet Hein tunnel. Piet Heinkade, on the other side of the island, provides a rapid connection to Amsterdam Central Station. The city centre is easily accessible by tram. There is a tram stop in the nearby Czaar Peterstraat and the IJ tram is within walking distance.

Current situation
Elsewhere on the Oostenburgereiland, the INIT was built in 2000. This accommodates the dockland area of the City of Amsterdam. The offices of many media companies are located above the dock areas, including De Volkskrant, Trouw and Het Parool. The Jacob Bontiusplaats is home to the well-known 'urban oasis' Roest. There are other restaurants, cafés and bars elsewhere on the island, including in the Poortgebouw building. The former Werkspoorhallen – the oldest of which was designated as a municipal monument in early 2016 – are located on the VOC-kade.

Prime development site
As of 2015, the state ordered the demolition of all existing buildings on the plot. This was in anticipation of a new zoning plan for the entire island. Underground foundations were also removed (wherever possible and necessary). The state also commissioned an archaeological survey. Finally, an extensive ground survey was carried out.
The state is thus able to offer a plot that is ready for development. As many risks as possible have already been eliminated or identified. Furthermore, the state has specified the parameters for future redevelopment.

The construction of the public area, a cost assessment, underground infrastructure and primary infrastructure are all included in an anterior agreement for the Stadswerf Oostenburg plan.

Designated usage(s) in the local land use plan
According to information from the City of Amsterdam, the plot is included in the ‘Stadswerf Oostenburg’ land use plan, which was adopted on 14 July 2015. The designated land use is as follows: ‘Mixed Usage – Details to be determined 4 and Double Usage Value – Archaeology B’. The Oostenburg island will therefore be transformed into an attractive working and residential mixed usage area.
The local land use plan adopted remains subject to detailed development. The property is located in the Oostenburgervaart sub-district. Each sub-district is subject to a global usage, which includes rules concerning building heights, programmes (functions) and public space. Unlike the waterside areas in other locations, which are often wide and must be publicly accessible, in this sub-district it is possible to develop the waterside for private uses.

For further information on the land use plan, please refer to the City of Amsterdam website or

Sale procedure
The sale of the plot on Oostenburg will take place by public tender. There will be a (limited) preselection phase on the basis of financial means and administrative requirements. This will involve proven experience in the design, development, construction and financing of a minimum of two previous projects. At least one project with a minimum size of 3,500m2 GFA must have been completed, and at least one project must have been completed involving an urban (re)development project (several buildings).

After the (limited) preselection phase, participating parties will be invited to submit a bid. The state allows for bids to be submitted under certain conditions, but these will only be accepted if certain funding requirements are met.

Registration closes on Thursday 4 May 2017 at 11:00.

After bidding has closed, the state will examine the appropriateness of the unconditional and conditional bids that have been submitted. This will include an assessment of the risks associated with the relevant conditions, in relation to the amount that has been offered. In particular, any uncertainty regarding the purchase and the period within which the interested party wishes to take ownership of the property will be taken into account during the decision-making process. The state will decide whether or not to accept the bids that have been submitted and will award the purchase to the party which has submitted the bid that it deems to be the most acceptable. The state is also free to make the award of the purchase conditional on the outcome of an integrity and/or solvency survey. A more extensive description of the sale procedure and the terms and conditions that will be applicable can also be found in the bid book. You can order a copy of the bid book for €75.

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Procedure status  

  •  Publication
  •  Request bid book
  •  Selection phase
  •  Bidding phase
  •  Awarding
  •  Purchase agreement
  •  Transfer (current state)
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Contact details

The Central Government Real Estate Agency
Person to contact: Mr. G ten Brink or mr. M. van den Boogaart
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