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Binckhorst / Central Innovation District: investing in a sustainable mobility transition

The locations Central Innovation District (CID) and Binckhorst in The Hague are the designated locations for large-scale urbanisation. The Dutch central government and the region recognise the need to invest in sustainable accessibility. To achieve a mobility transition, the parties are committed to realising measures for slow traffic, clever use of space, smart mobility, high-quality public transport and upscaling the existing train stations. VINU supported the pre-MIRT (long-term programme for infrastructure, space and transport) survey aimed at coming up with a coherent and accepted package of accessibility measures in line with the development of the area.

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Possibilities for a Hyperloop

The hyperloop technology, an idea by Elon Musk, transports people or goods at highspeed through a near-vacuum tube. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has commissioned research into the feasibility of a possible test track in the Netherlands. The advisory report ‘Hyperloop in the Netherlands’ outlines the societal and economic value of a test track. The report was produced by TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), Buck Consultants International, ARUP and VINU. VINU’s focus was on the section covering ‘governance’.

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The Netherlands frontrunners in electric aviation by 2030

To reduce emissions and noise pollution from aeroplanes, and to reduce the effects of the growth in aviation, the transition to electric, or hybrid, aircrafts is inevitable. This is why technological breakthroughs are necessary and the business model of airlines will change. The aviation sector, knowledge institutions and government have joined forces to realise this change, and to work together on an Action Programme Electric Hybrid Flight. VINU will act on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management as programme manager and as host for the collaboration.

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Maasvlakte 2: extending the port of Rotterdam into the North Sea

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe. In recent years, to enable the Port of Rotterdam to grow, work has been carried out to extend the total area by creating the ‘Maasvlakte 2’. This area consists of approximately 1,000 hectares (3.86 square miles) of land and the necessary infrastructure, e.g. seawalls, ports and roads. VINU oversaw the establishment of the contract management organisation responsible for the realisation of Maasvlakte 2. In addition, VINU provided elements of the contract management and the project management for the Maasvlakte 2 Information Centre.

Leadership role in promoting electric vehicles

In the Province of Noord-Holland, MRA-Elektrisch (city-to-city electric) is committed on all fronts to stimulating electric transport. To operate successfully in this innovative environment, knowledge transfer and cooperation between government and commercial parties are essential. VINU acts as project manager, connecting partners and setting up pilots, i.e. taking practical steps to set the transition to electric transport in motion.

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Blekers park Leiden: part of the largest park in the Netherlands

Blekers park is part of Singel park in Leiden: the longest, most beautiful and most exciting city park in the Netherlands. Blekers park will be getting a major facelift. The plan for this makeover was made in close consultation with local residents, the interest group ‘Friends of Singel park’, and other partners of the city. Following the redesign, Blekers park will be suitable for many more potential uses and offer a wider variety of facilities. VINU is providing the project management and the coordination of the participation process.

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Space for cyclists and public transport on the Amsterdam inner ring road

Cycling is currently a hot topic for the City of Amsterdam. This is essential, to ensure the bike does not become a victim of its own success. The City of Amsterdam, therefore, wants to gradually transform the inner ring road (the Binnenring), from Sarphatistraat to Leidseplein, into a continuous corridor for public transport and cyclists: reliable, safe for traffic and attractive. Where the car is the guest. A complex assignment, with VINU taking on the roles of project manager, project leader and strategic stakeholder manager.

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Setting up a district for a circular Western Axis (Westas)

In order to maintain the high quality of life in the Amsterdam region and to increase competition, a transition to a circular economy is necessary. The 12 Westas partners, consisting of hubs, businesses and government agencies, recognise this sense of urgency. They have expressed the ambition to work together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy within the Westas area. As coordinator, VINU set up the collaboration and supports the Westas programme team from the Province of North-Holland.

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The world’s largest bike parking facility

Providing attractive, safe and efficient bike parking across Utrecht is part of the city’s strategy to ensure the largest transport hub of the Netherlands is easily accessible. In August 2017 the city of Utrecht opened the first part of what will be world’s largest bike parking facility at Utrecht Central Station. On completion at the end of 2018, it had an impressive capacity of 12,500 spaces. Almost all the bikes that used to be parked in the public space around the station, can now be put in the new facility, resulting in an overall improvement to the area around the station.
VINU was responsible for ensuring the best possible cooperation between the various stakeholders and so helping achieve project milestones on time.

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The most sustainable place to work by the A4 motorway

The Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC) is developing the Schiphol Trade Park by the side of the A4 motorway into an ultra-sustainable and innovative place to work. SADC aims to make this area the ‘most innovative and sustainable place to work in Europe’. It will become a location for businesses focusing on innovative logistics, product development and international trade. SADC aims to create a circular economy and take advantage of opportunities for sustainability, including a wide range of biodiversity in the green and water infrastructure. VINU was responsible for providing the project management office and project leadership for all the sustainability aspects – the main focus of this project.

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Development of transport hub around railway stations in Almere

The City of Almere sees opportunities for developing transport hubs and intensifying use of space around railway stations. Based on this ambition, Almere is playing an active role within the public transport hub: ‘OV-Knooppunten’, an initiative taken from the agenda of the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam (MRA). On the Schiphol – Amsterdam – Almere – Lelystad route, several government agencies are keen to join forces to stimulate the development of the transport hub and remove obstacles. The City of Almere has offered to make capacity available to the MRA and has asked VINU to take care of the practical aspects.

REOS (Spatio-Economic Development Strategy) expertise event: making the Dutch economy circular

To strengthen the Netherlands’ competitive position on the international stage, the Dutch government, the regions and the major cities have drawn up their Spatio-Economic Development Strategy (REOS). Included in this strategy is the development of ‘circular production landscapes.’ These are areas where the circular economy can develop and where the Netherlands can lead the way for the rest of the world. VINU organised an expertise meeting to investigate which lessons we can learn from regions where this development is already underway.

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Directing public transport passengers arriving at Schiphol

Every day, tens of thousands of passengers arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol airport by public transport; people who are in a hurry but don’t know their way. These travel flows must be kept on the right track. Dutch National Railways (NS), ProRail, Schiphol, the Amsterdam Transport Region, the City of Amsterdam and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management all have a role to play in this and are carrying out their own projects. To improve coordination between projects and to increase the effectiveness of the measures taken, in 2014 we started the OV Access to Schiphol programme. VINU provided the programme management.

Strengthening the Markermeer dykes also boosts nature and recreation

The Hollands Noorderkwartier District Water Authority (HHNK) has a project to strengthen the Markermeer dykes. The HHNK is keen to take advantage of this win-win opportunity to incorporate wishes from the local area. These relate to preservation of the distinctive dyke, realisation of cycling and pedestrian paths, and space for the landscape and nature. HHNK put out a request for tender to carry out the preparation and implementation in an alliance with a commercial party. VINU analysed all the available collaborative opportunities and drew up all the relevant ground rules. VINU also supported the contract team as they put together a decision-making model for their commercial approach.

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North-Holland circular: We’re making it round

In its policy document ‘We’re making it round’, the Province of North-Holland describes a clear development perspective for the transition to a circular economy. The urgency of this task is obvious and the necessary resources are available. The accompanying Agenda for Action and Opportunity Map give insight into the current playing field for the circular economy, and show where action is needed. The province is preparing to put the plans into practice. VINU’s task is to help the partners realise their ambitions: this means encouraging and connecting municipalities, environmental services and the business community, capitalising on opportunities and ensuring agreements are made and upheld.

Showcase for ‘nature-inclusive agriculture’

The ‘Buijtenland van Rhoon’ consists of several adjacent polders in the municipality of Albrandswaard. The Province of South-Holland aims to develop 600 hectares of high-value countryside, combined with arable farming and recreational facilities. The realisation of these natural and recreational goals is as an offset for the construction of the Maasvlakte 2 port area. Responsibility for the plan’s development, redesign and area management will be placed in the hands of an independent cooperative. Participants will be agricultural entrepreneurs, investors and operators as well as representatives from the recreational and natural areas. This approach is unique in the Netherlands. VINU is responsible for supporting the setting up of the cooperative, creating a brand for the area and for initiatives by the entrepreneurs.

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Leiden Bio Science Park: sustainable reconstruction of public space

The Leiden Bio Science Park (LBSP) is one of 18 such campuses in the Netherlands. It is home to international, innovative businesses from the life sciences and health sectors as well as several university departments and universities of applied sciences. This creates a remarkable environment. To maintain its leading role, the park needs reconstruction, ensuring LBSP remains accessible and sustainable, and become a true and fitting campus for the business park. VINU is providing project management on the sustainable redesign of the public space on behalf of the City of Leiden.

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Converting the Amstelveen tramline to high-value public transport (HOV)

The existing tram connection between Amstelveen and Amsterdam Central Station no longer meets current requirements. Four government agencies have, therefore, joined forces to upgrade the tram to a high-quality public transport connection. This requires the integrated renewal of the rail infrastructure and deployment of new rolling stock. VINU carried out part of the project management on behalf of the Amsterdam Transport Authority during the preliminary planning phase. In addition, VINU supervised the design of the managerial collaboration between the government agencies involved, as well as advising on organising commissioning at the transition between the preparatory and realisation phases.

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