Central Innovation District (CID): economic heart of The Hague

The Central Innovation District (CID) is the area between and around The Hague's Central Station, Hollands Spoor and Laan van NOI train stations. The CID is the economic heart of The Hague and the region and holds enormous potential. The area already provides employment for nearly 80,000 people and has 30,000 students. 45,000 people live in the area in 23,000 homes.

The CID is home to a unique mix of organisations:

  • knowledge institutions
  • bigger and smaller companies
  • government agencies
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • innovative incubators and other organisations

The municipality is working together with the city on developing the CID into an area which can keep pace with the economic competition from abroad. It should be appealing to talent, business and knowledge, which in turn will lead to new employment. So that future generations can also live and work in The Hague.

Homes and businesses

Around 20,500 homes will be created for 35,000 new residents. There are plans for 640,000 m2 of new offices and 255,000 m2 of commercial and social amenities. The functions will not be grouped together but spread throughout the entire area.


The number of journeys by people going to and from work will double due to the developments. In the public space, pedestrians will be given priority, followed by cyclists and public transport. The cars which will soon be driving in the area will mainly be local traffic.


Big investments will also be made in knowledge and innovation of parties based in the area. This will enable the area to develop robustly and compete on the international stage.

Which plans are already ready?

Area agendas (Gebiedsagenda's) (2019)

Area agendas have been drafted for a number of sub-areas around Hollands Spoor/Laakhavens station, Laan van NOI (Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië) train station and The Hague’s Central station. These agendas describe in exact detail what is changing in the area. These may be new buildings, a different design for the road and/or new greenery.

CID Development Strategy (2021)

In the CID Development Strategy the municipality describes how it views the development of the CID by 2040. It is important to the municipality that everything which is happening in the area fits together and is coordinated. Many parties will be investing heavily in the area in the coming 20 years. Read more about the Structuurvisie CID Den Haag (RIS307135).

The aim is to develop the area into a sustainable, economic, innovative, liveable and inclusive part of the city. This requires excellent accessibility and international appeal. The functions of homes, offices, recreation, travel and shopping will be mixed. In a way that creates areas with the emphasis on tranquillity, urban bustle and a mix of both. This is described as tranquillity, dynamism and buzz in the development strategy. It is important that the business community, government and knowledge institutions are located close together and can share knowledge and skills.

The development strategy has been drawn up to assess whether future plans and developments fit within the vision for the various sub-areas. These may be plans by the municipality itself or by developers or companies. It also provides direction for future zoning plans in the area.

CID Quality Plan (2022)

The municipality has drafted a Quality Plan. It elaborates on the Development Strategy. It includes guidelines on what buildings and the outdoor space should look like. The local community was involved in drawing up this plan. The Municipal Council will soon take a decision on the Quality Plan.

Which plans are being worked on?

Research into amenities

Along with the construction of new homes and offices, it is important that there are also sufficient amenities created for the people living, working and relaxing there. For this reason the municipality is investigating how many schools, shops, sports facilities or, for example, how much greenery is needed in the CID. The local community is involved in the study. The study will be ready in mid-2023.  

Future plans per sub-area

As the municipality elaborates on the Development Strategy, guidelines for each sub-area will be drawn up. The municipality will draft a development plan (plan which describes the future of the area) in 2022 and 2023 and a visual quality plan for the areas where the greatest changes will take place: the area around Hollands Spoor/Laakhavens, the area around The Hague’s Central Station, the area around Laan van NOI and the Beatrixkwartier.

These are 2 important plans for the future of this area. Because they contain the conditions which future projects need to meet. The local community will be closely involved in drawing up these plans.

In the meantime different developers will be working on a plan for new homes and offices. The developers will involve the local community in drawing up their new building plans.

Information on the plans, new building projects and how you can participate can be found at:

Sub-areas in the CID: Hollands Spoor/Laakhavens, Stationsbuurt, Rivierenbuurt, Schenk, Den Haag Centraal, Bezuidenhout West, Beatrixkwartier and Laan van NOI
Sub-areas in the CID: Hollands Spoor/Laakhavens, Stationsbuurt, Rivierenbuurt, Schenk, Den Haag Centraal, Bezuidenhout West, Beatrixkwartier and Laan van NOI
Map: sub-areas in the CID (JPG, 1,4 MB)

Discuss and share your ideas

CID Days

The municipality organised the CID Days from 13 to 15 October 2022, with meetings about the future of the Central Innovation District. Everybody could join in the conversation and share their ideas on the plans in the area. There was also an information market with information on living, innovating, placemaking and planning from area developers. Read about the programme on the page Denk mee over het Central Innovation District.

In the magazine Terugblik CID Dagen you can find the reactions of people who participated in the meetings. A summary of the Kwaliteitsplan CID meeting can be found on the website of Platform Stad.


The number of residents and businesses in the CID is growing. The municipality would like the CID to become a nice spot for residents, employees, students and other users. With homes, offices, schools, shops, cultural organisations and spots to relax. Many people who are involved with the CID are already seeing opportunities for (temporarily) making better use of available spaces in the CID.

The municipality would like to draw up the plans for the CID together with residents, businesses and organisations. It will make use of placemaking: a fun method of working together to come up with ideas for the area and to carry them out. In order to make the CID an appealing and enjoyable spot where people can meet each other. The municipality would like to use placemaking especially to come up with ideas for the public space as well as buildings adjacent to the public space.  


Do you have questions about the changes in the CID? Please send an email to cid@denhaag.nl.

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      Published: 11 May 2020Modified: 5 January 2023