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 city is working 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.

Walk-in meeting on CID Draft Development Strategy

The municipality organised a digital meeting on 12 May 2020 on the draft development strategy for the CID. You can watch this digital meeting. Register for it using your email address. You can then watch the digital meeting right away.

Watch the meeting on CID Development Strategy

CID Development Strategy

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.

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.

Homes and businesses

Around 20,500 homes will be created for 35,000 new residents. There are plans for 640,000 m2 of new office office 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. Cars soon 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.

Basis for development strategy

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.

Area agendas

Area agendas have already been drafted for sub-areas around Hollands Spoor/Laakhavens station, Laan van NOI (Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië) train station and The Hague’s Central station.

    Examples include:

    • Campus boulevard (around Central Station)
    • College Campus Hollands Spoor

    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 vegetation. The municipality has already elaborated these area agendas because of the rapid developments in this area.

    New developments

    New developments will follow from the elaboration of the CID Draft Development Strategy and area agendas. The municipality and/or a developer will then need to make another plan. The local community will be closely involved in drafting this plan.

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        Published: 11 May 2020Modified: 16 May 2022