The port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe. In recent years, to make possible the growth of the port of Rotterdam, work has been carried out to extend the total area by building Maasvlakte 2. This area consists of approximately 1,000 hectares (3.86 square miles) of land and the infrastructure it requires, i.e. seawalls, ports and roads. VINU oversaw the establishment of the contract management organization responsible for the realization of the Maasvlakte 2. In addition, VINU provided elements of the contract management and the project management of the Maasvlakte 2 information center.
In the Province of Noord-Holland, MRA-Elektrisch (city-to-city electric) is committing itself on all fronts to stimulate electric transport. To operate successfully in this innovative environment, knowledge transfer and cooperation between government and market parties are essential. VINU acts as project manager, connecting partners and setting up pilots, thus taking practical steps to set in motion the transition to electric transport.
Cycling is currently a hot topic for the City of Amsterdam. This is essential to ensure that the bicycle does not become a victim of its own success. Therefore, the City of Amsterdam wants to transform the inner ring road (the Binnenring), from the Sarphatistraat to the Leidseplein, step by step 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.
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 twelve Westas partners, consisting of hubs, business and government agencies, recognize this sense of urgency. The partners have expressed the ambition of jointly accelerating the transition to a circular economy within the Westas area. As coordinator, VINU has set up the collaboration and supports the Westas program team from the Province of Noord-Holland.
The shopping mall Hoog Catharijne and Utrecht Central Station are being separated from each other. The current station concourse is being replaced by a raised square covered by an iconic polka-dot canopy covering a gigantic bicycle rack with space for 12,500 bicycles. The City of Utrecht has tasked VINU with ensuring the best possible cooperation between the organizations carrying out this work so that the project milestones are achieved on time.
The Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC) is developing the Schiphol Trade Park alongside the A4 highway, an ultra-sustainable and innovative working location. SADC aims to make this area into the ‘most innovative and sustainable working location in Europe’. This will become a place 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 for project leadership for all sustainability aspects, the main focus of this project.
The City of Almere sees opportunities for developing transport hubs and intensifying use of space around train stations. Based on this ambition, Almere is taking an active role within the ‘OV-Knooppunten’ public transport hub, an initiative taken from the agenda of the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam (MRA). On the Schiphol – Amsterdam – Almere – Lelystad route, a number of government agencies is keen to jointly 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 organize this in practical terms.
To strengthen the Netherlands’ competitive position on the international stage, the Dutch government, the regions and the major cities have set out their Spatio-Economic Development Strategy (REOS). Included in this strategy is the development of ‘circular production landscapes’, areas where the circular economy can develop and where the Netherlands can lead the way for the world. VINU organized an expertise meeting to investigate which lessons we can learn from regions where this development is already underway.
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 have to 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 up the OV Access to Schiphol program. VINU provided the program management.
The Hollands Noorderkwartier district water board (HHNK) is going to strengthen the Markermeer dikes. The HHNK is keen to take advantage of this win-win opportunity to incorporate wishes from the local area. These wishes relate to preservation of the distinctive dike, the realization of cycling and walking paths and space for landscape and nature. HHNK wanted to carry out the preparation and implementation in an alliance with a market party; a tender was organized for this. VINU analyzed all the available collaborative opportunities and laid out all the relevant ground rules. VINU also supported the contract team as they put together a decision-making model for their market approach.
In its policy document ‘We’re making it round’, the Province of Noord-Holland has described a clear development perspective for the transition to a circular economy. The urgency of this task is obvious and the resources are available. The accompanying Agenda for Action and Opportunity Map provide insights into the playing field for the circular economy and show where action needs to be taken. The province is waiting to get the ball rolling: now is the time to actually put the plans into practice. VINU’s task is to help partners realize their ambitions: this means encouraging and connecting municipalities, environmental services and the business community, capitalizing on opportunities and ensuring that agreements are made and upheld.
The ‘Buijtenland van Rhoon’ consists of several adjacent polders in the municipality of Albrandswaard. The Province of Zuid-Holland aims to develop 600 hectares of high-value countryside, combined with arable farming and recreational facilities. The realization of these natural and recreational goals is as an offset for the construction of the Tweede Maasvlakte port area. Responsibility for the plan’s development, redesign and area management will be placed in the hands of an independent cooperative. The participants will be the agricultural entrepreneurs, investors and operators and representatives from the recreation and nature areas. This approach is unique in the Netherlands. VINU is responsible for supporting the establishment of the cooperative, for branding for the area and for initiatives put forward by the entrepreneurs.
The Leiden Bio Science Park – LBSP for short – is one of eighteen campuses in the Netherlands. The LBSP 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, sustainable and become a true campus as the business park deserves. VINU is providing project management on the sustainable redesign of the public space on behalf of the City of Leiden.
The existing tram connection between Amstelveen and Amsterdam Central station no longer meets current requirements. Hence four government agencies joined forces to upgrade the tram to a high-quality public transport connection, requiring integrated renewal of the rail infrastructure and deployment of new rolling stock. VINU performed part of the project management on behalf of the Amsterdam Transport Region during the preliminary planning phase. In addition, VINU supervised the design of managerial collaboration between the government agencies involved as well as advising on the organization of commissioning at the transition between the preparatory and realization phases.