Appelscha Hoog

In April 2012 the municipality of Ooststellingwerf in south-east Friesland the Netherlands asked Royal HaskoningDHV to perform an exploratory soil investigation. The investigation had to determine the quality of the soil at a location where, in the future, a recreational lake might be created. What started with a soil investigation led to close involvement in the planning process towards the recreational lake, consisting of spatial advice, drawing up permits, contract design and various technical  expertise applied. The municipality found a partner in Royal HaskoningDHV who could match their entrepreneurship in difficult times and make their vision a reality.

Following the soil investigation, the municipality requested a design of the area development including the lake, recreational facilities, parking and ecology. We produced a feasibility design and the municipality asked Royal HaskoningDHV to assist them in creating this design. The municipality was in fact in need of a partner for this project that could unburden them by indicating risks, performing investigations and drawing up plans. The critical issue in the project was the link with another project in the region, the broadening of the provincial road N381. Sand that will be extracted when digging the recreational lake will be used for the reconstruction of the N381. Time was therefore a critical factor.

We performed multiple investigations such as a hydrological research, a stability research, a detailed soil investigation, a ground balance and more. This research contributed to a ‘Passende Beoordeling’ (audit of effects on nature), an Environmental Impact Assessment, an excavation permit and the land use plan. These documents are now in production and we are now involved in the contract management. This project is an example of the multi-disciplinary character of our company and our ability to alleviate our client's issues with our expertise.

We also took care of communication concerning the project, by attending public consultation with residents and other interested parties. We also took care of communication with the ‘Commissie m.e.r.’, the independent commission concerned with the quality of environmental impact assessments.

The disciplines in which we contributed were: soil, spatial planning, hydrology, ecology, project and process management. Our ability to integrate these disciplines made the project successful in terms of delivered reports and planning. The municipality credited us for being flexible and able to perform whatever was needed to make this project a success.