Den Haag, Netherlands
City population: 488605
Duration: 2014 – 2017
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Building
Last updated: November 2021

The new sports campus that has recently been opened in The Hague contains multiple NBS solutions including one of the largest green roofs in the area, permeable paving of parking spots, a creek and trees that can stormwater storage. The building of the sports campus on which the green roof is created is completely CO2 neutral as it runs on solar and geothermal energy. (1,2,5,6,7,8).



Nature-based solution

  • Nature on buildings (external)
  • Green roofs
  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Alley and street greens
  • Green parking lots
  • Blue infrastructure
  • Rivers/streams/canals/estuaries
  • Green areas for water management
  • Other

Key challenges

  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Stormwater and rainfall management and storage
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Environmental quality
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Regulation of built environment
  • Promote natural styles of landscape design for urban development
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling opportunities for physical activity
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Real estate development


Creation of new green areas

Project objectives

1. Create a sports facility for sportsmen and women, students and citizens that is sustainable and fits well into the surrounding neighbourhood. (1,8). 2. The mains goal of the green roof on the sports campus building and the green spaces, trees and the water creek surrounding the building is stormwater storage. (4) 3. The sports campus is situated in the Zuiderpark and an additional aim was to create a connection between the sports campus and the park in order to maintain its aesthetic value (8). An additional goal was that the building should be CO2 neutral (9).

Implementation activities

- Building a sport campus with sport and educational facilities and heat, water and energy saving measures (1). - Creation of a green roof on the sport campus building made from sedum with the installation of solar panels and solar collectors (1,2,5,6,7) - Creation of parking lots with permeable paving that are surrounded by trees and hedges (8), putting grass tiles around the building (5) and creating a creek (8).

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Researchers/University
  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Co-governance with government and non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The project initiator was the municipality of The Hague who signed an agreement on the development of the sport campus with the University of Applied Sciences The Hague and Vestia Group (housing corporation). (1,6,9). However, the development was restricted because of failing management of Vestia, therefore the municipality and the University of Applied Sciences took over the coordination of the project (6). The campus building is designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects and the area surrounding the building was designed by Ingenieursbureau Den Haag (Engineers Bureau of the municipality of The Hague). (1,9). The project was financed by the municipality of The Hague and the University of Applied Sciences. (1,6). ROC Mondriaan (community college) was also involved in the planning/designing process as their students also use the facilities. Students of the university of applied sciences and the community college and citizens use the sport/educational facilities. (1).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The 'Krachtwijkenprogramma' (Neighbourhood Improvement Programme) was the main driver of the development of the sport campus because this would provide an impulse to the adjacent 'krachtwijken' (improvement neighborhoods) The Hague South-West and Transvaal. (7,9). In this plan, it was specified that the former football stadium of ADO Den Haag (The Hague Football Club) should be transformed into a sport campus with sport and educational facilities (7).)


Total cost

More than €4,000,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget
  • Other

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget (e.g. governament grants or subsidies)
  • Direct funding

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate change
  • Reduced emissions
  • Strengthened capacity to address climate hazards/natural disasters
  • Water management and blue areas
  • Improved stormwater management
  • Green space and habitat
  • Promotion of naturalistic styles of landscape design for urban development
  • Increased green space area

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise

Type of reported impacts

Expected impacts, Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records