HEMbrug is developing into a special part of Zaanstad between Amsterdam and the centre of Zaandam along the North Sea canal and the Zaan. Furniture makers, design companies, artists, a conference and event organisations, local brewery and liqueur distiller, a chips factory, cannery, theatre companies, copywriters etc. have set up in the historic former munitions factories. However, HEMbrug is increasingly becoming site for cultural events such as Art Zaandstad, the Liberty Weekend, HEMbrug Happening, HEMbrug Buitenbios, Light Festival, Open Monumentendag and also the Linda Festival.In addition to the beauty of its buildings, Hembrug also hides a secret forest of approx. 18 hectares (1.5 times the Amsterdam Oosterpark!). Housing can be built around this forest, as well as in and around the 50 buildings located on the site.
The starting point is a construction plan for 1000 residential premises, either houses or apartments. Some places allow for elevation accents of up to 30 metres, however this is subject to environmental guidelines. Zaanstad municipality has created a regional plan outlining possibilities for the next 20 years.
The Rijksvastgoedbedrijf will develop the site in close collaboration with the municipality and the province. The sale of HEMbrug will start at february 2017 and will be realised with a party who will continue where the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf left off and take care of the further integrated development.