Completing the delta works

Sea defence structure Harlingen | Royal HaskoningDHV

The old town and sea haven of Harlingen has recently been safeguarded from the threats of the sea by means of a new flexible flood barrier. Royal Haskoning designed the innovative flexible barrier that moves with the impact from the waves. For the municipality of Harlingen the construction of a new sea barrier was a good opportunity to give the entire adjacent area a facelift.

Sea defence structure Harlingen | Royal HaskoningDHV

Sea defence structure Harlingen | Royal HaskoningDHV

The new barrier is situated on the northern side of the railway tracks, further away from the last houses and closer to the sea. At the far end of the barrier, were the boulevard on top of the barrier ends next to the ferry dock that takes you to the islands Vlieland and Terschelling, many activities come together. Especially in summertime when tourists flood the quays to the ferry and people rush to catch the train, the entire area is full of activity. Long and winding ramps ensure a fluent connection between the train platform, the boulevard and the ferry terminal. The head of the boulevard fans out to a wide viewing platform that offers a magnificent view at the harbour, the town and the sea.

Sea defence structure Harlingen | Royal HaskoningDHV

Sea defence structure Harlingen | Royal HaskoningDHV

Halfway along the sea barrier two concrete pedestrian bridges cross the railway track thus connecting the high boulevard with the old town. A third bridge towards the exterior quays was added in 2015. The fluently shaped bridges look like a wave that washes over the top of the barrier, but was frozen in mid action; a reference to our eternal battle with the sea.

Sea defence structure Harlingen | Royal HaskoningDHV

ClientWetterskip FryslânPeriod2004-2015
LocationHarlingen, The Netherlands ServicesArchitecture
ScopeTotal length 700mTeamJoris Smits, René Rijkers, Frans Blok 

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