Since the 1980s there have been dreams of making the Tournooiveld the gateway to the centre of The Hague again. However, many were convinced that developing the area would be virtually impossible. The result was years of stalemate.
SENS real estate took up the challenge and approached all the stakeholders, the residents, the local authority, businesses and cultural bodies, to find out what it would take to provide better access and improve the quality of life in the area and to give the street level in the Museum Quarter a new lease of life by arranging for cars to be parked underground. The solution: a stylish state-of-the-art underground car park with every modern facility. It took enormous perseverance, but this approach eventually created wide support, consensus and enthusiasm and produced forward-looking solutions like the concept of eco-parking, where special rates are offered for fuel-efficient and electric cars.
More and more visitors have discovered the Museum Quarter, and within months of opening the car park was busy every day. And with parked cars disappearing from view, the traditional elegance of The Hague has been restored to the streets in the area. Local residents, office staff and tourists can now wander freely around this fascinating and historic area.