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Over 183 million for new district offices

25 August 2007 - Almost all districts have recently moved to new offices or are planning to do so in the near future. De Volkskrant has made a list. In sum, the new offices cost over 183 million euro.

Some of the plans are quite controversial, such as Osdorp’s plan to construct a new building on the shore of the Sloterplas, and Oud-Zuid’s plan to demolish a characteristic rowing club house in an Amsterdam School neighbourhood.

Only Westerpark, Zeeburg, Bos en Lommer, De Baarsjes and Noord have no intention to move to new offices. “After all, a district office belongs to the citizens, you have to be economical”, a de Baarsjes spokesperson told de Volkskrant. Other districts are less hesitant to spend the taxpayers’ money:

Oud-Zuid: 50 million (84.000 inhabitants)
Zuidoost: 33 million (80.000 inhabitants, 600 civil servants)
Oud-West: 27 million (33.000 inhabitants, 250 civil servants)
Osdorp: 23 million (45.000 inhabitants, 300 civil servants)
Oost: 21 million (60.000 inhabitants, 600 civil servants)
Slotervaart: 16 million (45.000 inhabitants, 330 civil servants)
ZuiderAmstel: 13 million (excl decoration costs, 47.000 inhabitants, 420 civil servants)
Geuzenveld: unknown (41.000 inhabitants, 350 civil servants)
Centrum: unknown (82.000 inhabitants)

Source: de Volkskrant. Illustration: new ZuiderAmstel office at the Zuidas (Claus en Kaan Architects)


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