The objective is to increase discharge capacity by approximately 10% without raising the dike levels. The toolbox of flood safety measures involved often requires changes in land use and close interaction with regional spatial planning, with the explicit aim of enhancing spatial quality. The programme consists of a coherent set of measures to be implemented at approximately 30 river locations in the country. Its total budget is €2.3 billion and it was completed by the end of 2015.
It takes an innovative programmatic approach, providing a flexible framework, rather than a fixed set of projects. The Dutch government first developed the basic set of flood risk management measures as a preliminary package, and then invited regional governmental bodies and private parties to contribute regional alternatives - that is, either new measures or modifications to the preliminary package. These alternatives, which usually involve extra costs, can replace the preliminary measures once the additional financing for them is assured; in such cases, the national government therefore acts as co-financer. By law, the desired level of flood safety had to be reached before the end of 2015, so that the measures to this end had also to be implemented by that time.
Royal HaskoningDHV is proud to be part of the Room for the River programme. We are involved in most (including the most complex) Room for the River projects. Our involvement encompasses scoping studies, environmental impact assessment, design and engineering, procurement and supervision of works. We apply the “Nature Driven Design” principles to ensure sustainability of the developed measures. We use the integrated project management approach to assure the smooth progress of the complex processes involved in planning and execution of the works.
Altering a river system on the scale of the Room for the River programme is unprecedented, and is a technical challenge with often large social impacts. Technically, the impact assessment of the measures on the river system is an enormous task entailing a number of risks. We managed these risks through:
Room for the River projects can have a major impact on the local community and individual land owners. Our project managers and experts have a profound understanding of the context and strategic processes, and have a proven ability to clearly communicate complex issues to stakeholders and the public at large. By combining these project management and communication skills with our top rate technical expertise, we make a unique contribution to the successful implementation of the Room for the River measures.
The most prominent projects of the programme to which we proudly contributed, are:
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