A collect building for creative and innovative startups is being built at De Binckhaven business park. The ‘Apollo 14’ building will open in March 2018.
On Wednesday, November 15, owner Borghese Real Estate, COD and Alderman Karsten Klein signed a lease agreement for the building at Saturnusstraat 14. The municipality then leases it to innovative and creative entrepreneurs who develop technology that contributes to a better world. This is called in the international city of Peace & Justice, Impact Economy. This development fits in with the ambition of the owners Borghese Real Estate and the municipality of The Hague to transform ‘Het Maanplein’ into a lively mix of living and working.
With this building, more than 4,000 m² of new attractive space will be created for startups in the Binckhaven. A unique place that will be divided between one scale up and many startups.
Alderman Karsten Klein is pleased with these developments at De Binckhorst: “As an international city of Peace and Justice, we want The Hague to be the hotspot for (international) startups and scale-ups that focus on innovations for a better world: ‘global challenges’. We call this “Doing good and doing business”. This also includes sufficient attractive housing supply.
Young creative entrepreneurs do not ask for a standard office building for their housing, but for a dynamic environment where startups and scaleups can grow, with room for experiment, raw edges and a creative industrial environment. Apollo 14 is such a building. In that respect, the Caballero Factory is an icon in that area. The development of Apollo 14 is a wonderful addition to the Binckhaven.
The establishment of this type of enterprise fits in with the municipality of The Hague’s strategy to retain and attract the new generation of creative and innovative entrepreneurs. The demand for suitable housing is large, the supply too low. That is why the Commission has made funds available to make more housing available.