In 2021 we’re celebrating 140 years of operation.
To mark this, we are treating you to nine great stories from our archives.
Our founding fathers are brought to life with cinematic historiography.
The stories provide a unique insight into the perspectives of the main characters,
and show the ingenuity, friendship and drive that form the basis of our company.
Enhancing society together
In 2021, young consultants and engineers are solving the puzzles of the 21st century. They are shaping the future, just like our founders Johan and Jacobus did in 1881. Nowadays it’s with the support of the latest digital solutions.
A story about the dark side of progress and the clear task for engineers, with a special role played by bacteria.
The part played by women
From 1917 onwards, women started working in our company. Their role changed dramatically in more than 100 years since they started. The story of a transformation from once a conservative company where married women were not supposed to work to the female role models we have today.
United Kingdom: traditions and revolutions
About ports, coastal works and the introduction of a new expertise: environmental advice. How British engineers and environmental scientists became part of Royal HaskoningDHV.
Export of intellect
In 1951 we entered a golden era of prosperity and growth when our predecessors joined Nedeco, Netherlands Engineering Consultancy. This umbrella organisation for overseas projects provided a wealth of experience and laid the foundations for further international expansion.
Survival thanks to community kitchens
About the valuable contribution of engineering firm DHV to the national food supplies in the Netherlands during the Second World War.
Heederik, Heineken, Dwars and Verhey
How Bavarian beer and concrete turned out to be a solid basis for the alliance between the engineers Dwars, Heederik, (Groothoff) and Verhey.
De Koning in Egypt
In this story, we follow founder Jacobus de Koning to Egypt in 1889. Egypt's rail network was being expanded, and he was determined to create the winning design for a railway bridge across the Nile.
Two friends, one firm
In 1881 our founders Johan van Hasselt and Jacobus de Koning overturned convention by setting up the first independent engineering consultancies in the Netherlands. It’s the only agency in the Netherlands that has been able to keep its independency until today.