Location: Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden
Status: Research exploring synergy between levee reconstruction and spatial-economic ambitions
Client: Province of South-Holland
In Cooperation with: Province of South-Holland, Waterschap Rivierenland, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Ubbels + Langerak, Municipalities of Alblasserdam; Sliedrecht; Molenwaard; Hardinxveld- Giessendam; Papendrecht; Gorinchem; Giessenlanden; Zederik; Vianen; Leerdam; Lingewaal

The Ablasserwaard-Vijfherenlanden comprises some of the lowest polders in the Netherlands. The Dutch Deltaprogramme’s strategy is to raise the national flood risk standards, which involves the drastic strengthening and reconstruction of most levees in this region. Some levees will have to be raised with an additional meter or more to meet the new flood risk standards, and the works have to be realized before the year 2050.

The large scale and magnitude of levee reconstruction in the Alblasserwaard was ground for the Province of South-Holland to initiate a study to the spatial impact of this upcoming levee reinforcement. This study is part of the so-called “MIRT-programme” in which long term investments in “infrastructure, space and transport” are researched and developed. Together with local public and private stakeholders we research how levee reconstruction can be developed in synergy with (future) spatial and socio-economic developments in the region. Ambitions with regard to identity, spatial quality, accessibility, ecology, sustainability and the recreational potential of the area play an important role in the strategy development of this project.