Renovation of Prinsenpassage taking shape
The draft design for Prinsenpassage - a part of Bogaard Stadscentrum - is ready. There will be an extra 150 homes above the shops and in a residential tower, the shopping arcade will be moved, the roof will be green and the shopping centre will undergo a metamorphosis.
In de Bogaard shopping centre was built in 1963, according to the American model. Mayor Boogaardt took his inspiration from 'The American Mall' in San Francisco. Sixty years have passed. 'The shopping centre is outdated. There is pressure on the retail. We need to give De Bogaard a new purpose,' says Yarrid Knijnenburg, project manager at SB Real Estate, the owner of Prinsenpassage.
In February 2021, SB Real Estate became the owner of Prinsenpassage, the part of De Boogard that borders on Bogaardplein, Prins Constantijn Promenade, Bomenplein and Steenvoordelaan. 'We aim to make Prinsenpassage future proof. If we don't do something now, we will suffer the same fate in 3 to 5 years as De Terp and Sterpassage - the shops will disappear. Since we became the owner, vacancy in Prinsenpassage has been reduced to almost zero; new local entrepreneurs have settled, and also well-known brands such as Action and Blokker.'
Part of the plan is to add extra greenery, inside and out. 'The entire roof will be green and there will be greenery on the edges of the building that can be seen at street level. Inside the building, on the façade line of the first floor, there will be a green wall. It's our way of helping Rijswijk municipality to achieve its ambition of becoming the greenest city centre in the Netherlands.'
Shops will stay open
Updating the current Prinsenpassage fits perfectly into the Master Plan for the future of Bogaard Stadscentrum. "In concrete terms, that means the addition of around 150 homes above an upgraded shopping centre with plenty of greenery,' Yarrid adds. Demolishing the current building is not necessary to realise these changes. The modifications needed will be carried out while the shops stay open.
De Walvis will disappear
One element of the plan is that some of the shops on the first floor will make way for loft homes. 'The loft homes, with generously high ceilings of 4.5 metres, will have a closed-off green courtyard garden, 17 metres wide. High-quality living, surrounded by greenery, in the best spot,' according to Yarrid. And the aim is to have the internal shopping arcade move to have a direct connection to the multi-storey car park. The plan provides for a new residential tower on Bogaardplein. And lastly, a third residential level will be added on the outskirts of the centre and both entrances will be modified. The huge, outdated awning on Bogaardplein ('de Walvis' - the whale) will disappear. That will bring more light and openness to the whole area.
Shops and businesses for more everyday goods and services will be concentrated in Prinsenpassage. With country-wide formulas but plenty of room for several local businesses too. There will be a street in the shopping arcade for fresh produce - fish, cheese, bread and meat - opposite a supermarket. In the future, Action will relocate to the first floor of the interior arcade. Bogaardplein will have hospitality venues and Prins Constantijn Promenade will be the place for fashion and lifestyle.
Making a success of it
Prinsenpassage is positioned at the front of De Bogaard, making it the face of the shopping area. 'This area has huge potential, with all the elements of the Masterplan and the population growth. The positioning is ideal, close to the multi-storey car park, bike parking, public transport and Rijswijk station - everything you need to make a success of it,' says Yarrid. 'Rijswijk is growing by 45%, with an increase in the number of inhabitants from 55,000 to 80,000 in 2040. In and around De Bogaard, there will be an additional 2,500 homes; that means 7,500 residents. With the extra homes in Prinsenpassage and an updated range of shops, we're giving the outdated shopping centre a new lease of life and Bogaard Stadscentrum a new, future-proof appearance.'