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Reclamations and Land Development

CDR being based in the Netherlands, knows how former sea has been transformed into land by creating polders or filling the land like the most recent extension of the Port of Rotterdam. With growing economies and increasingly congested cities, land reclamation schemes provide high-value development areas at preferred locations. Land reclamation schemes are designed to withstand the largest storms and minimize flood risks for the reclamation area itself and their adjacent environments.

CDR approaches land reclamation schemes in such a way that impact on the environment is minimised, while proving new space to live, work and leisure. Land reclamation schemes are complex due to the social, economic, environmental, but moreover spatial impacts – shaping the environment comes with responsibilities.

Often the land reclamation CDR has been involved with are protruding into or immediately next to the shoreline of seas and oceans, for instance for port extensions or port city developments, but can also be more in-land in low-laying and sometimes swampy areas.

We take on the responsibilities by setting up a broadly accepted and integrated design based on the following principles:

  • Involvement of stakeholders in the most early stage of the project;
  • Setting up the business case in alignment with stakeholders;
  • Early setting up of environmental monitoring to assure a correct approach for the ESIA (environmental and social impact assessment);
  • Early contractor involvement to assure best cost price.

CDR can provide the following services for land reclamation schemes either for the developer or the contractor:

  • Bankable feasibility studies;
  • Metocean and hydrodynamic studies;
  • Layout and urban planning;
  • Stormwater run-off and drainage designs;
  • Design of hydraulic structures and coastal protection;
  • Setting up construction methodologies and schemes;
  • Soil investigation and geotechnical assessment with optional soil improvement methods;
  • Setting up reclamation and compaction methodologies;
  • Preparation of tender documentation;
  • Project management and site supervision;
  • ESIA (environmental and social impact assessments).