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Royal HaskoningDHV
Laan 1914 nr. 35
3818 EX  Amersfoort
The Netherlands

T +31 33 468 20 00

michiel.de.jong@rhdhv.com
www.royalhaskoningdhv.com

RoyalHaskoningDHV

Royal HaskoningDHV is a leading international consultancy and engineering company that provides services and sustainable solutions. Our headquarters are located in the Netherlands, and we maintain a network of 5300 staff in 70 offices worldwide. People are attracted to water, overlooking it with modern cities for living, ports for industry and transportation, resorts and beaches for recreation, and marinas for leisure. The waterfront -- the transition zone between land and water -- can be considered as one of the most valuable spaces for commercial, urban, marina, ecological, and port development. We have a unique perspective on waterfront development that aims to:
  • Connect people with water by, creating networks and destinations for commercial, recreational, industrial and infrastructural purposes.
  • Identify potential areas for specific waterfront activities like beaches, marinas, passenger ferries and fishing ports.
  • Exploit the market potential for recreation, yachting, cruising, and tourism, to be translated and developed into a development program.
  • Develop spatially attractive plans, combining (detailed) engineering and planning solutions.
  • Harmonizing public and private spaces, activities, networks and programs between waterfronts, marinas and fishing ports.
  • Integrate water infrastructure into the spatial plan in order to avoid conflicts and create harmony between land and water.
In combination with more traditional urban and architectural planning methodologies (land to water) we create successful waterfronts and marinas  that are inspirational, realistic, feasible. and viable. Over the years we have cooperated with a wide range of clients such as private developers, architectural companies, governments, municipalities, water boards, and marina operators in China, Korea, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Malta and the Netherlands.

Products and Services

  • Regional yachting and tourism development plans
  • Yachting master plans
  • Regional waterfront and marina development plans
  • Marina development plans
  • Urban waterfront development plans
  • Floating development
  • Cruise terminal buildings, waterfronts and industrial master plans
  • Coastal harbours and fishing ports
  • Civil and geotechnical engineering
  • Environmental assessments

Royal HaskoningDHV offers tailor-made development strategies, programs, and designs, which are spatially and technically integrated. We deliver services such as quick scans, master plans, marina and waterfront planning, project management, design and engineering, master classes, and inspirational tours along world famous waterfronts.  We work with our clients every step of the way in vision, ideas, and action, providing advice over every stage of the project.

For the improvement, expansion, or development of a new waterfront or water sports area, DHV is the ideal partner. We plan and build land and water programs that are able to manage hydrological forces while making full use of the water context, conditions, networks, and destinations. We achieve this by approaching the waterfront from a `land to water` perspective.


Projects

Quick Scan Marina, Tarara, Cuba

Quick Scan Marina, Tarara, Cuba

The island country of Cuba - with its stunning tropical coastline, and rich history, architecture and culture - is located in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico. In recent years, the national policy has been changing, and the country has become a magnet for tourism arriving by air and sea. Tarara, a village and marina located west of Havana, was built in the 1940s and hosts a natural water basin behind a crystal white beach. In 2010, Q-Hospitality initiated a plan to redevelop the marina and surrounding property and transform the area into a first-class tourism and marina destination. The marina, now sheltering small fishing vessels, will be able to shelter and service large yachts up to 30 meters long. For the redevelopment of Tarara, Q-Hospitality assigned Royal HaskoningDHV to perform a quick scan of the marina site and master plan in order to have a first indication of investment requirements and technical measures to be taken. The scan included technical design principles for the layout of the master plan, quay, water site, dredging, and the minimum requirement for port facilities. All elements were financially assessed resulting in a strategic development recommendation, financial model, and general program requirements.

Yacht Valley Strategic Vision

Yacht Valley Strategic Vision

To face a declining yachting industry in northwestern Europe, the Yacht Valley Project focuses on creating nautical "service centres" on redevelopment sites, giving old and often derelict industrial waterfronts new life. The strategic vision includes 18 building blocks for SMEs in the region, and specific plans for five nautical service centres. More

New Waterfront and Marina in Walvis Bay, Namibia

New Waterfront and Marina in Walvis Bay, Namibia

In 2014, Royal HaskoningDHV together with WA Yachting Consultants and local partners delivered a study to the Namibian Port Authority which outlines an integrated plan for a new marina and waterfront in terms of technical-, financial-, environmental- and socio economic feasibility. More

Xiamen Yachting Industry Development Plan

Xiamen Yachting Industry Development Plan

With its strategic location, stunning coastline with islands, beaches and waterfront developments, Xiamen has its own distinctive development advantages More

Vision for Monnickendam's Waterfront

Vision for Monnickendam's Waterfront

Monnickendam is a quaint, traditional Dutch town 15 km north of Amsterdam situated on the Markermeer – part of the former inland sea. More

Tapura Coastal Waterfront Development, Sfax, Tunisia

Tapura Coastal Waterfront Development, Sfax, Tunisia

The assignment called for an integrated planning and engineering approach by cleaning up the polluted coastal sediment and creating a good environment for urban waterfront development. Royal HaskoningDHV and its partners’ approach to engineering and design was to find the best creative, integrated engineering solutions. The result: a city park on top of the polluted sediment, connecting the old medina with a new public beach, marina and coastal medina.

New York Brooklyn – Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange

New York Brooklyn – Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange

Amsterdam and New York have had relations for over 400 years, and as part of the celebrations for their 400th anniversary, Dutch and American experts were invited to creat a vision for the redevelopment of the South West Brooklyn Waterfront. A collaborative workshop was held in New York where teams worked on various areas of the plan. The task lead by Royal HaskoningDHV was to develop a holistic proposition for the transformation of waterfront uses. The team identified six 'pearls' as high-potential locations for waterfront development along the SW Brooklyn waterfront. The six nodes represent a 'necklace' connecting the pearls by land and water, creating an integrated waterfront with a variety of functions and uses.

Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Development Plan, China

Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Development Plan, China

Shanghai is an international booming port city with a rich marine history and culture. The city, strategically located at the mouth of the Yangtze River Delta, connects China to the rest of the world. The water has always had a great commercial and industrial value and with the recent spur in economic activity, it has been re-discovered as an essential asset for recreational and urban purposes. More

Yachting, Maritime and Tourism Master Planning, Abu Dhabi UAE

Yachting, Maritime and Tourism Master Planning, Abu Dhabi UAE

With more than 40 marinas expected to come online in the Emirate over the next two decades, Abu Dhabi has already made strong headwind in establishing itself as a yachting and leisure destination with several world-class marinas now open. In order to develop a strong basis for the marina, tourism and yachting program, Royal HaskoningDHV and partners were asked to develop a Yachting and Maritime Tourism Development Plan for the area. The project covered not only specific project sites, but also explored the potential of Abu Dhabi as a city and Emirate, and even the UAE as a whole, to become a centre for yachting and maritime tourism. The overall master plan study provided state-of-the-art information on waterfront and yachting development opportunities within the UAE, including specific project site locations and programs. More

NDSM Waterfront, Amsterdam

NDSM Waterfront, Amsterdam

The NDSM shipyard is a famous historical port town in the city of Amsterdam. The area has retained many remnants of its historical past, providing an exciting opportunity to celebrate the history of the port during its redevelopment. The old cranes, warehouses, quays and docs are of great cultural value to be maintained in the revitalisation of NDSM from an industrial into an urban area. During the transformation of the NDSM site, Royal HaskoningDHV was asked by Biesterbos Planontwikkeling B.V. to define and advise on the water program and waterfront development. With great respect for the historical port and the newly developed areas, Royal HaskoningDHV defined a divers and integrated water program (activities and facilities) that suits Amsterdam, the IJ river, and the area. More

Batavia Marina, Lelystad,  The Netherlands

Batavia Marina, Lelystad, The Netherlands

Once part of the sea, the Ijsselmeer is now the largest fresh water lake in the Nethlerands. The young and vibrant city of Lelystad borders the lake, offering its inhabitants the opportunity to enjoy and exploit the water for recreational and nautical activities. Lelystad is developing a diverse waterfront program giving people access to the water. One of the plans comprises the creation of a new homeport for traditional charter sailing barges and a marina for yachts. The municipality of Lelystad assigned Royal HaskoningDHV to develop the marina from beginning to end. This included environmental studies, project management, contract management, engineering, design and more.

Urban River Waterfront Development, Kiev Ukraine

Urban River Waterfront Development, Kiev Ukraine

Along the Desna River, around 13 km north of the centre of Kiev, a new urban area is being developed.  The site requires strong hydraulic, geotechnical, and planning expertise to address the complexity of developing an urban area in a dynamic river system.  Royal HaskoningDHV has been assigned by Global Links Group to deliver the necessary technical engineering and waterfront planning services to be integrated into the overall master plan, a plan which carefully balances the relationship between the built environment and the river to best capitalize on recreational opportunities.  The design concept embraces the water with canals, housing, and bridges organized to enhance navigability around the water and facilitate docking.

International Cruise and Yacht Industry Shenzhen, China

International Cruise and Yacht Industry Shenzhen, China

Over the last 30 years, Shenzhen has grown from a modest fishing village into a global port city with over 10 million inhabitants. As a relatively young city neighboring the city of Hong Kong, Shenzhen has focused its envery on developing its water tourism industry. Royal HaskoningDHV was given the assignment by China Merchant to deliver a development plan for the cruise and yacht industry, covering a wide spectrum including tourism, economic drivers, added value, value chain, investments required, and the planning of phased implementation. Royal HaskoningDHV also delivered an urban cruise terminal waterfront concept for Shenzhen Shekou. The concept was based on the outcome of international case studies, focused on large and local urban scopes.

Marina ‘Hoek van Holland’ Quick Scan Added Value and Feasibility

Marina ‘Hoek van Holland’ Quick Scan Added Value and Feasibility

The municipality of Hoek van Holland, is located at the mouth of the river Nieuwe Waterweg, facing the port of Rotterdam and the North Sea. The city is mostly developed behind the dunes and has the ambition to strengthen its image towards the water, by improving the urban spatial quality and its economic climate. To achieve this goal, Hoek van Holland is planning to upgrade its waterfront along the Nieuwe Waterweg. Royal HaskoningDHV was assigned to perform a quick scan to investigate the possible added value and feasibility of a marina along the Nieuwe Waterweg. This added value concerns the economic, leisure, recreational and reinforcing elements for the marina's direct surroundings. The feasibility study comprised the existence of boundary conditions to realize such a facility, both from a spatial and financial perspective.

Dubai Green Marina, The ECOasis

Dubai Green Marina, The ECOasis

The Dubai Green Marina is an initiative of Royal HaskoningDHV and partners to develop a new perspective on sustainable marina and waterfront development. The key strategy for the development is to experience a genuine marina in a friendly setting. It is designed at a human scale in harmony with its natural environment. It is a contemporary and very comfortable place for living and leisure.

Sfax, Tunisia

Sfax, Tunisia

The historical coastal city of Sfax in Tunisia isolated itself from the coast by the development of an industrial zone in the 20th Century. The Taparura Coastal Waterfront Development Project will transform the city into a coastal city again, with a strong identity and vibrant, integrated waterfront program. More

Development of Coastal Harbours “Nikas” Kuwait

Development of Coastal Harbours “Nikas” Kuwait

The coastal harbours, called “Nikas”, were once the centres of the first settlements along the coastline of Kuwait. Along with providing a livelihood for Kuwaitis, they also provided an opportunity to enjoy the richness of the Arabian Gulf. Nowadays the coastal harbours are the new commercial centres for the flourishing fishing industry, leisure, yachting and other kinds of nautical activities. More

Development of 14 New Fishing Ports and Landing Sites,  Ghana

Development of 14 New Fishing Ports and Landing Sites, Ghana

Ghana is a fast-developing country where fishing is one of the most important industries. Fishing ports are the centres for trade and coastal activities, but safer access to the water and a better distribution of fishing ports ws required to enable more Ghanaians to earn their livelihood safely through fishing. Royal HaskoningDHV was assigned to develop 14 fishing ports and landing sites  to create safe and well-functioning ports along the coastline of Ghana.