The 23 municipalities in the Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Region (MRDH) are working together to improve fast cycle routes between residential and business locations. Fast cycle routes are wide, open, asphalted cycle paths or cycle streets, where cyclists have as much priority as possible. The MRDH’s ambition is to improve 250 kilometres of cycle routes. The first five routes, with a length of 90 kilometres, will be constructed over the next three years. These routes will make it more attractive for commuters to go to work by bike instead of by car. They will contribute to the accessibility of the region, to a reduction of CO2 emissions and to a healthy lifestyle for users. Different municipalities are involved in each route. The MRDH is subsidising and facilitating the municipalities in the realisation of the routes. VINU is the project manager on behalf of the MRDH, and is working together with the municipalities involved in exploring preferred routes, setting up cooperation agreements and drawing up more detailed plans.
Over the coming decades, the area in and around the IJmeer will be developed into a stunning bay, offering a great place to work, relax and visit. A ‘pearl’ between Amsterdam and Almere, following the example of the San Francisco Bay Area. In the Work Place Bay, part of the Action Perspective Almere 2.0 programme, the Dutch government and the region are jointly drawing up an integrated development strategy for the area. Choices are being made regarding construction sites such as Almere Pampus and investments in mobility such as an IJmeer metro line. VINU is taking the lead in the Work Place project.
With a structural vacancy rate of around 30%, ‘In de Bogaard’ is one of the top three shopping centres in the Netherlands that are in need of revitalisation. The sixty-year old shopping centre no longer meets the needs and wishes of our time and, therefore, requires radical change. The municipality of Rijswijk, property owners and developers see opportunities for a vibrant new city centre. As part of the ‘In de Bogaard and surroundings’ master plan adopted in December 2019, over the coming years parties will work on creating a more diverse, greener and attractive urban shopping centre, with fewer shops, lots of new homes, social amenities and an attractive public space for cyclists and pedestrians. VINU has been commissioned by the municipality of Rijswijk to act as the area manager for this complex inner-city area development with many different stakeholders.
The Hague has a tough ambition: the city wants to be climate-neutral by 2030! If this ambition is to have a chance of success, it is essential that parties such as residents, public organisations, institutions, sports organisations and companies work together. Following a thorough market analysis, VINU has drawn up a strategy with perspectives for action in the areas of Cooperation, Network Development and Investments. The energy transition requires participation and concrete tailor-made agreements at every level. The inhabitants of The Hague should not be asked to foot the entire bill. We are working to create an inclusive transition towards sustainability.
The Loosdrecht lakes suffer from poor water visibility and insufficient depth. This is one of the reasons why the opportunities for developing the natural environment and the recreation sector are being insufficiently exploited. In the ‘Oostelijke Vechtplassen’ (Eastern Vecht Lakes) area agreement, 21 public and semi-public parties have signed agreements regarding investment in coherent area development, maintenance and sustainable exploitation. On behalf of the Province of North Holland, the Amstel Gooi and Vecht Water Board, VINU is at the forefront of preparations for the ‘Dredging’ part of the plan, including the preservation and restoration of the characteristic layered structure and the development of new islands for nature and recreation.
The aim of the Oostvaarders’ banks project is physically connecting the lakes of Markermeer, Oostvaardersplassen and Lepelaarplassen, thereby improving the water quality of the Markermeer. In addition, the innovative water construction project is making the area more attractive and the water more attractive for recreation. The province of Flevoland, Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management), the Flevolandschap Foundation, the Zuiderzeeland Regional Water Authority, the Dutch Forestry Commission and the municipalities of Lelystad and Almere are working together to achieve this objective. In order to make a start on communication and participation in anticipation of the go-ahead from MIRT (the Dutch Multi-Year Programme for Infrastructure, Spatial Planning and Transport), the project’s core team has asked VINU to draw up the participation strategy.
On 29 May 2019, the Dutch Council of State ruled on the Nitrogen Policy of the Netherlands; the Nitrogen Programme. A ruling with major consequences for the Netherlands. Including for the province of Flevoland. In summary: Dutch provinces may only grant a nature permit for new developments if it has been established in advance that the development will not cause nitrogen deposition in a nitrogen-sensitive Natura 2000 area. This resulted in the stagnation of licensing and the national and provincial governments need to get to work quickly on finding solutions, including an area-oriented approach. The province of Flevoland will enter into a dialogue with all stakeholders involved to discuss bottlenecks and solutions for the short and longer term. In addition, Flevoland wants to cooperate intensively with neighbouring provinces, because Flevoland does not have its own nitrogen-sensitive Natura 2000 areas, but does have deposition with ‘its neighbours’. In order to find solutions, Flevoland has started a Nitrogen Programme. VINU is responsible for programme management.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.