The United Assembly, the parliament of Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland, has unanimously approved the “preferred alternative” for the major renovation of the water purification facility Waarderpolder.
The spatial Master Plan plan is an essential part of the preferred alternative and was created in close cooperation with Rijnland’s technical team and engineering firms Arcadis, Witteveen + Bos and Royal Haskoning. The facility is already over 50 years old, its technical lifespan has been well exceeded, further expansion is planned. Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland has therefore decided to undertake a major renovation of the complex. The capacity will be increased, and thanks to innovative technology, major steps will be taken to make the treatment process more sustainable and reduce energy consumption. This integrated plan also creates opportunities to fulfil the ambitions of improving biodiversity, blending into the landscape, preserving industrial heritage and the architectural quality of the new building.
Given the utilitarian character of the complex, flexibility of buildings and layout will be given full scope. But at the same time, the ambition is a well-connected master plan that Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland can use for the long term. A plan that guarantees that all investments currently being made in the treatment plant can be carried out logically and attractively. It has been proven for centuries that good aesthetic design maximises lifespan and convinces users to protect it and improve it wherever possible. We are proud that Rijnland has entrusted us with the crafting of this fantastic plan.
Slowly but surely, the bridge Kop Weespertrekvaart is taking shape. Welding, grinding, blasting and fitting together are in full swing on the building sites of Machinefabriek Rusthoven and Solid. Just a few more weeks and everything will be ready for transport to its final destination in Amsterdam.
Together with partners Contracting Company Wallaard Noordeloos, Machine Factory Rusthoven and PT Structural engineers Syb van Breda & Co architects has designed the new moving bridge “Kop Weespertrekvaart” in Amsterdam. Our team achieved the maximum achievable score for design, durability and maintenance. The bridge has a unique limited opening angle and shallow basement below the quay. This layout ensures the desired careful integration into the surroundings, minimal energy consumption and an almost maintenance-free movement mechanism with a lifespan of 100 years.
World wide enthousiasm for the qualities of this 21st century urban connection, from America to Australia. Eens of thousands of connaisseurs, and users appreciate what this sustainable, economic and spectacular tunnel has to offer to the people of Amsterdam. No detours over over high bridges that are regularly open, but always a comfortable ride in the straightest possible way. Such is the expectation of cyclist and pedestrian. #Tech that matters #Dutch Design Review #Innovation Discovery #Zaans Nieuws #Droomplekken
In the Corona silence we have quietly worked on a magnificent scheme for the Western Ring road of Amersfoort. Train and Cars were already looked after. Now good solutions for cyclists, pedestrians and fauna have been added as well. The design is well received by the press. For further reading: de Architect Newspaper AD Cobouw
Team Parsons and Syb van Breda & Co have made a design for Dubai Creek Hanging Garden Bridge, at request of Dubai Road & Transport Authority. The bridge is an important green and shaded link in the pedestrian realm on both Creek embankments.
The First Heinenoord tunnel constructed in 1969 is due for a major renovation. All installations will be replaced, the service buildings renovated and the landscape around the tunnel will be rearranged with more room for green and ecology. Rijkswaterstaat has assigned Syb van Breda & Co to draw up the Aesthetic Program of Requirements (EPVE) for the tunnel and its surroundings, as well as the Preliminary Design of the service buildings. The design has been completed in autumn 2019, the selection of the contractor has started in January 2020. Delivery of the renovated tunnel is planned in 2023.
Every year in November the Netherlands Bridge Foundation organises a symposium on design and engineering of bicycle and footbridges. This year one of the topics was the bicycle bridge Oude Rijn. Syb van Breda gave a lecture on design and execution. The symposium was well attended, the audience was enthousiastic. Designing bridges is a great profession.