New use: getting started with industrial heritage

Monuments in Motion's network meeting brings market parties for the new use of industrial heritage in Zuid-Holland close to each other.

Research shows that many industrial listed buildings in Zuid-Holland are vacant and partly for this reason, badly maintained. The province believes there must be another way.

“The buildings are too important to and too characteristic of their surroundings to simply tear them down. The vacant properties coming up today tell an important story about the trade in the ports and the identity of Rotterdam and its surroundings within our province.  An important factor in new use is that these former industrial buildings in their new function still fit within the activity in the area. They can also play an important part as a figurehead of our cultural heritage” said Regional Minister for Zuid-Holland Rik Janssen.

Network meeting

The network meeting held on 23 May, in collaboration with Rotterdam Delta and Delft University of Technology,  has brought developers, interest groups, local governments and monument owners closer together. United, we can shape this challenge. The 5 presentations given, provided information and inspiration to the audience. Wessel de Jonge, Professor of Heritage & Design - Faculty of Architecture TU Delft shared his 'Successes and opportunities for the future'. Wouter Orth, director of Heijmans Vastgoed, took the audience on a tour of ‘Mixed use developments'. Vincent Taapken, owner of New Industry Development, presented 'Rotterdam’s industrial heritage and its transformations'.


This autumn, the province will also appoint a promoter of new use, who will bring vacant buildings and initiators together and will get difficult tasks going again. The province also supports young start-ups that develop an on-line platform to support individuals who want to invest in a monument to create living and/or working space.

Clever use of space!

The space in Zuid-Holland is scarce and so we have to put it to clever use. In addition to monuments, the province, municipalities, property owners and entrepreneurs also tackle vacancy in office buildings, shops and business areas. This is how we create new residential locations, enhance the working and living environment and keep the town and village centres alive.

National monuments grant

The province will grant subsidy for the restoration and new use of national monuments. For 2018, 35 grant applications of monument owners have been received and no further grants can be applied for. Between 1 December 2018 and 1 March 2019, applications for 2019 may be submitted.

The province wants to help protect heritage in cooperation with other parties and allow it to be experienced. In a busy province such as Zuid-Holland, this heritage is often a perfect place to use the space in a different way, or make the surroundings more beautiful.