Caballero Fabriek


State The Netherlands
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level The Hague
District level (LAU1) The Hague
Municipality (LAU2) City of den Hague
Connection to traffic network Connection to S108 motorway and closeness to the fast way A12

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • general localization (great localization on the coast between Rotterdam and Amsterdam)
  • specific localization (inner city)
  • excellent connection to the highway system thru the fast way A4 and A12
  • availability of financial incentives (financed thanks to the European grant)
  • local involvement and stakeholders´ collaboration (good cooperation of all parties involved – client, architects, consultants)

Brief description of site and current use

Caballero Fabriek, formal cigarette factory was abandoned since 1995 when the production moved to Zevenaar. The whole complex was then rarely hired for a long time. In 2003 the municipality of The Hague decided to redevelop the area to multi-tenant building. The Caballero Fabriek has a good connection to the fast way A12. Project draft was divided into two stages. In the first stage was constructed space for small businesses and offices comprises nearly 8.000 sqm, in the second phase rest of the halls were rebuild for large entrepreneurs.

The factory is located in the formal industrial area Binckhorst in the city of den Hague (app. 490 thousands of inhabitants). Project of redevelopment of the Caballero Fabriek was funded by a European grant and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The total investment into the project was 10.000.000,- €. Conversion of the Caballero Fabriek has proved to be a great success, spaces for companies were rented almost immediately upon completion. Even with the very limited budget creating this innovative business centre was possible. The project was winner of the New Town Award.

Original use – basic description

Original use Industrial (tobacco factory)
Area 1,5 ha
Type of site Industrial site

Current state – basic description

Current use Multi-tenant building
% of built-up area 100%
State of Environment After complete decontamination
New use from 2008
Total costs 10.000.000,- €
Owner of site The Municipality of The Hague

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site The Municipality of The Hague
Local public administration The Mayor of The Hague
Jozias van Aartsen
Investors participating at redevelopment

The Municipality of The Hague

Ministry of Economic Affairs