On 3 March 2021, we announced a new housing development where the Sporthallen Zuid sports centre is now located. But by 2025, there will also be plenty of new homes built elsewhere in Zuidas. The largest Zuidas housing construction projects are in the neighbourhoods of Ravel, the Innovation District (Kenniskwartier) and Verdi. These are complete residential districts, with a breakdown of 40-40-20: 40% social rental housing, 40% mid-market rental, and 20% private sector.
Ravel residential district
In the residential district of Ravel, to the south of the new AFC football pitches, there will be a new neighbourhood of around 1,350 homes. Construction was announced in June 2020. In December, we opened up the draft zoning plan for consultation. Although preparation work will take some time, it is expected that construction will start on the first homes in 2023: approximately 65 social rental properties and around 70 in the mid-market segment.
Living in Verdi
The Verdi residential district, made possible by moving the Sporthallen Zuid sports centre, will provide around 550 homes. Right next to that, there are also plans for housing at Tripolis (142 homes) and on the northern side of IJsbaanpad (260). This will create a neighbourhood of around 1,000 homes.
The Innovation District (also known as Knowledge District), just to the south of the A10 and west of Parnassusweg, leaves the rest standing. Ultimately, around 2,700 homes are set to be built here. Between now and 2025, this will definitely include the multifunctional complex De Puls, with more than 180 homes, 150 of them in the mid-market segment and 30 in the private, free-market sector. Then, there is Stepstone, a complex of 220 first-time apartments in the social rental sector.
Other housing construction locations
Another important location for housing construction is the Kop Zuidas district, where we have been working on housing development for some time. New additions in the next five years will include CROSSOVER, a complex of around 130 homes, of which 120 will be in the social rental sector for young people and refugees with residence permits. Also in Kop Zuidas, there will be The Newton, a complex of 100 private sector homes. In the same period, there will also be new housing next to Beatrixpark, and on the current site of the British School building in Fred. Roeskestraat, as well as in the Vivaldi district.
However, the main focus on housing construction will be in the period from 2025. According to the Zuidas Vision 2016, Zuidas will have a total of around 7,000 homes. However, that figure has since increased to approximately 10,000 – of which more than 2,700 have already been built, including 800 temporary student flats. The first reason why more houses are being built is because the Zuidas urban area has been extended to include the Verdi district, between Amstelveenseweg and the Nieuwe Meer. That means that we now have more room. In addition, in the summer of 2017 the Council approved the Housing Agenda 2025 (Woonagenda 2025), setting the ambition for all new construction in Amsterdam neighbourhoods to be at least 40% social housing and 40% mid-market rental housing. These homes generally tend to be smaller than private sector homes. As a result, each district or residential complex will include more homes than originally outlined in the Zuidas Vision 2016.