Boskalis to build artificial island in IJmeer lake to expand Amsterdam

WCN Editorial Team 26 Apr 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Dutch dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster has emerged as best bidder to build an artificial island in the IJmeer lake next to the existing IJburg islands near Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The municipality of Amsterdam informed Boskalis about this result. The contract is valued at around €85m.

The project includes the construction of an artificial island in the IJmeer lake for the development of residential housing to accommodate further growth of Amsterdam.

In the initial phase, 82 hectares of land will be created by constructing soft and hard bank protection and filling the reclamation area with nine million m³ of sand.

Also, 3,500km of vertical drains will be used to improve the soil.

An option to create an additional 53 hectares of land is included in the project. However, this option is not part of the contract value.

The municipality of Amsterdam is likely to award the contract in mid-May.

Operations are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2018 and scheduled to be completed in mid-2020.

In addition to the artificial island, Boskalis will also construct a three hectares nature area, which will consist of reeds and a mussel bed.

Constructing the nature area in the initial phase is expected to enable the natural elements to develop sooner.

Boskalis’ strategy has been designed to benefit from the key macro-economic drivers that fuel global demand in selected markets – global trade, increasing energy consumption, population growth and the challenges posed by climate change.

The land reclamation project is closely linked to the need for new land to cater to the growing population in a densely populated area.

Boskalis provides services in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors.

It provides solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions with services, including construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defence and riverbank protection, marine services and contracting for the oil and gas sector and offshore wind industry as well as salvage solutions.

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