Van Oord secures €12m contract to create new nature area

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Van Oord, one of the partners in the Team Van Oord JV, has been awarded the €12m contract for the Perkpolder area development project in the Netherlands.

The contract has been awarded by the Dutch public works agency, RWS, with whom Van Oord works on a regular basis.

The scheme will see the creation of a new nature area located outside the protection zone of the dikes in the Westerscheldt estuary in south west Netherlands.

Under the contract, Van Oord will block in the site of the old ferry docks which will be raised to 10m above sea level, construct new dikes and adapt existing ones to begin work on the new nature area. Van Oord’s pontoon ‘Weert’ (pictured above) will be used to carry out the work.

The works, which are expected to be complete in 2015, will create an ecologically valuable nature area and an attractive landscape for residential and recreational use. At a later date 250 homes and a hotel will be constructed on the site.

The project will improve the appearance of the Westerscheldt estuary and boost the local economy and community, which suffered following the cancellation of the Kruiningen-Perkpolder ferry service in 2003.

5 December 2012