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Zuidas pulls out all the stops for the Day of Construction

Would you like to see for yourself how Zuidas construction work is progressing? If so, you simply cannot miss the Day of Construction (Dag van de Bouw) on Saturday, 15 June 2019. Together with the contractors, we are creating a programme that will delight lovers of construction of all ages.

Construction sites will be open to the public, two trains will be running through Zuidas and there will also be guided tours and games. Make sure you don’t miss out on the Day of Construction in Zuidas. The Circl pavilion in Mahlerplein will be the departure point for many of the activities. The pavilion building itself is certainly worth a visit. For children, there will be games, a bouncy castle and mini-pancakes right outside the door. Various guided tours will start from Circl. Make sure you register now, because numbers are limited. See below for details of how to register.

Circl Photo: Kees Winkelman
Plenty to do, including for children Photo: Jan Vonk

New district court and nhow hotel

This year, there are even more construction sites to visit than ever. There is no need to register to visit the construction sites. Although you probably hope never to end up in court, we recommend that you make an exception on this occasion. The construction site of the NACH consortium, which is building the new Amsterdam district court, will be open for once only. You can gain an impression of what building a court of law actually involves, partly through virtual reality. If you ever travel through Zuidas by train or via the A10 Zuid, you must have noticed the building work on the new nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel. There are three huge triangular blocks standing on top of each other and the final window was put in place a short time ago. On 15 June, you can go right to the top.

The new Amsterdam court under construction Photo: Marcel Steinbach
The nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel Photo: Marcel Steinbach

EMA and 2Amsterdam

Opposite the nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel, on the south side of the A10, construction consortium EMA is working on the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency. The work is being completed at amazing speed. It needs to, because the EMA staff are set to move in by November. Here, you can hear and see everything you need to know about fast-track construction. In the heart of the Zuidas, you can take a look in the skybar at 2Amsterdam with its breathtaking view across Zuidas and Amsterdam. Contractor JP van Eesteren will provide snacks and drinks and is organising a construction treasure hunt for children. This is also the ideal place to view the work on Zuidasdok. In the weekend before the Day of Construction, construction consortium ZuidPlus put in place a huge concrete roof right across the road and railway. The employees will tell you all about it on the 19th floor of 2Amsterdam.

The EMA headquarters and construction Photo: Marcel Steinbach
The complete refurbishment of 2Amsterdam Photo: Marcel Steinbach

Two trains

So how do you get to these construction sites? Two special trains will depart from Mahlerplein to take you there. En route, you will see much more of Zuidas. One train will be running clockwise and the other in the opposite direction. Details of the timetable can be found in the flyer you can download below.

By train, in either direction, through Zuidas and to construction sites Photo: Jan Vonk


Of course, we will tell you everything about Zuidasdok. This will not only be happening from 2Amsterdam, but also from our other base at Circl, where a photo exhibition will be running all day long featuring the work completed so far. There will also be an animation explaining what the project involves and what it will ultimately look like. In another video, we take a look back at 8-9 June, the weekend when the first roof section for the extra underpass at Amsterdam Zuid station was put in place (which you can also still actually attend in person).

Working on the Brittenpassage, between and alongside railway and road Photo: Marcel Steinbach

Guided tours

From the departure point at Circl, we are organising several very special guided tours. These will be a particular treat for lovers of architecture. But you can also let yourself be escorted to all (yes all) of the world’s capitals. A very popular regular attraction is the underground guided tour. It’s almost like a James Bond film as a trapdoor suddenly opens on Mahlerplein…

Entrance to the underground Zuidas Photo: Marcel Steinbach
Guided tour through the spaghetti tunnel Photo: Marcel Steinbach


We will also guide you around the green areas in Zuidas, explaining all of our plans to make the area even greener. Finally, there will be very exclusive guided tours of the Zuidasdok construction sites. We look forward to seeing you on 15 June.


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