Hasselt Om de Weede: affordable and robust water management for a new residential area

Water management is becoming increasingly important in an era characterised by climate change and more frequent periods of heavy rainfall. Against this backdrop, we advised the municipality of Zwartewaterland in Overijssel (the Netherlands) on matters relating to water management and the preparation of the Om de Weede site for construction.

This new residential area is located on the east side of the village, bordering the Kop van Overijssel nature, sailing and recreation area. It is close to the A28 motorway and a 15-minute drive from the municipalities of Zwolle, Kampen and Meppel.

Robust and affordable

While drawing up the urban design plan, the municipality of Zwartewaterland sought advice on how to achieve a future-proof and affordable water management system for the area development. We advised the municipality to opt for a robust and affordable water system that combines the surface drainage of rainwater, the retention of rainwater in wadis, the combating of groundwater problems and nature-friendly banks.

This plan was developed in collaboration with the municipality and water authority Drents Overijsselse Delta, driven by the need for a robust water system and guided by the soil system (peat). This resulted in an integrated water management plan.

Detailed plan

At a later stage, Witteveen+Bos further developed the proposal into a final design for wadis and rainwater discharge and a final design for site preparation. A detailed plan for the elevation of roads, plots, houses and public green areas was drawn up in order to enable the surface drainage of rainwater. This design was then used as the basis for a framework agreement.

Witteveen+Bos prepared the necessary contract documents to draw up a framework agreement with a contractor to prepare the plots for construction. We also handled the contract management.