Rijksmuseum’s renovation to continue

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Work on the renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will continue as of next month.

31 October 2008

AMSTERDAM - Work on the renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which was originally planned to reopen in 2008 and is now at least four years behind schedule, will continue.

Education and Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk says he has found four construction companies which have agreed to complete the renovation for a reasonable price, which does not exceed the budget.

There have been several delays in the country's leading museum’s renovation, which began in 2003. There have been disputes over permits, overall control of the project, whether or not to keep the cycling path under the building and where to place the new entrances.

At the start of the year, work stopped after the only construction company still working on the renovation made an offer to complete the job. The offer was EUR 88 million higher than that advised by an independent agency. Minister Plasterk says work on the main building will begin in November.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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