Marinas and waterfront development

More than 60% of the world’s population lives in coastal areas, and living and working at the waterside is only becoming more popular. As they grow, these densely populated communities will need more infrastructure. And as climate change causes coastal hazards to increase, they need to build resilience, too.
Marinas and waterfront development

Waterfront design – ensure your development project is a success

Meeting the demands of recreation, industry, housing, shipping, and the economy – while protecting waterside infrastructure from the elements – is complex. To create successful waterfront developments, you need an integrated approach that considers engineering and environmental issues on land and in the water.

It’s why at Royal HaskoningDHV, we keep our primary focus on the relationship between water, land, and the urban context. By working with us, you gain dedicated waterfront design consultants to assess your unique set of circumstances and create a masterplan that fits your project’s specific needs.

We have a strong track record of putting our approach into practice – applying our skills, expertise, and sustainable, innovative solutions to projects around the globe. And by supporting the development of large breakwaters, sea defences, and man-made islands, we’ve also helped communities reclaim land and protect it for the future.

Create the optimal marina design for your situation

As waterfront development projects add capacity to coastal communities, marinas will become even more pivotal to keeping them running smoothly. Our marina design consultants will help you translate demand into functional requirements, so you know exactly how much traffic you need to accommodate.

You can also better understand all your options for marina layouts and structure types with our multi-criteria analysis. And use our experience in developing yacht and cruise terminals to make sure your marina development is efficient, sustainable, and resilient well into the future.

Our marina and waterfront development capabilities

Our combination of in-house expertise from our maritime, coastal, river, and environment specialists has led to a proven reputation for delivering coastal solutions.

You can benefit from our services in:

  • Market studies and business case development
  • Master planning and landscape design
  • Social and environmental impact assessment
  • Hydrodynamic modelling studies
  • Maritime civil and structural design (such as pontoons, quay walls, breakwaters, shore protection, flood protection measures, dredging, and reclamation)
  • Quantity surveying and cost consultancy servicesInspections and maintenance

marinas waterfront developments
Wouter de Hamer - Director Business development

Wouterde Hamer

Director Business development

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Maritime challenges

To create future-proof maritime facilities that will continue to thrive for decades to come, you need a combined digital, sustainable, and climate resilient strategy.

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Our offerings

The drive to improve performance, energy efficiency, environmental standards and safety are ever present. Constraints over costs and timings add to the challenge. Find out how we can support with the challenges you are facing.

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Sectors we support

We are global maritime consultants specialised in the planning and design of marine facilities, ports and terminals, and shipyards. 

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