Holland Metropole cities, developers and investors are again taking part at the annual Dutch real estate fair Provada, which runs for three days from June 11 at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam. 

Holland Metropole members are also involved in many of the events in the busy trade fair programme and networking events.  

AM chief executive Ronald Huikeshoven will be talking about what can be done to restore the balance in the Dutch housing market while Boris van der Gijp, director Achmea Real Estate will focus on building homes for seniors. Bouwinvest’s director Mark Siezen will be discussing social and affordable housing on Wednesday morning along with BPD’s European chief Harm Janssen.

The Van Wijnen group has a packed programme with a special focus on mid-market rentals on Thursday, while Heijmans is focusing on “talking with passion” with a string of sessions covering the importance of biodiversity, social cohesion, and dealing with homelessness.

On the city front, on Wednesday lunch time, Fakton hosts a G5 debate between the five big Dutch cities, focusing on the complexity of urban development in high density areas, the role of national government and the need for public private partnerships, such as the Holland Metropole alliance.

Amsterdam has a busy programme of events, including a focus on waterfront redevelopment and timber based building. The Hague city council is hosting a panel discussion on how the influx of international workers and students impact on housing and what can be done to create more homes quickly.

On Wednesday at 10 am Eindhoven housing chief Mieke Verhees will be joined by representatives of the home affairs ministry and ASML to discuss Project Beethoven, the government’s roll-out of special measures to encourage international firms to stay in the region.

The fair will be officially opened by caretaker housing minister Hugo de Jonge who has been pressing through market reforms, such as expanding rent controls and slashing red tape, not all of which have been popular with the sector. De Jonge will also expand on his views on the future of public housing at a session on Tuesday afternoon.