Spatial development and water management
The countryside is always in motion; nature development, water storage, stream restoration, ongoing urbanization, new recreation areas, wind turbines, national parks, fitting in infrastructure. This requires integrated planning, from the idea to the implementation. We provide the broad-based and specialized expert knowledge needed for this.
What do we want our countryside to look like in twenty years’ time? And what are its functions? Questions like these are at the heart of visionary landscape projects and studies. These are often integrated projects in which such issues as regulation and economic and social developments have roles to play alongside the landscape aspects. We give advice on making balanced choices for the future.
Our landscape architects tackle problems by design. The existing landscape and the given problem are the starting point and a source of inspiration. The final design is the spatial answer to the question, where the whole is more than the sum of the different parts. We do not only strive towards sustainability in a technical sense. In our historical analysis we investigate the significance of the landscape and design accordingly. The abundance of meaning in the landscape should be reflected in the design. In this way the new landscape that is born is rooted in its history.
Dry areas need to be irrigated, wet areas drained, high waters checked, water has to be stored in reservoirs and discharged again during dry periods, heavy rainfall must sometimes be stored temporarily in the ground before being drained off and the water table may not be too low. Water management is one of Royal Haskoning’s core areas of expertise and is essential for the survival of people, animals and plants.
Our consultants guide clients through complex decision-making processes, in all phases of the policy cycle in the arena of national and regional administrative and strategic interests. They focus on parties who work together on spatial problems—government agencies, businesses and project developers—in the field of site and area development, urban and rural development, integrated water management and rural regeneration. Project, process and programme management and in-depth knowledge of the subject go hand in hand here.