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Efficient Reuse of Construction Aggregates

The improvement of local riverside ecology is an important objective for the ‘Environmentally Friendly Banks of the Meuse’ project led by the Directorate- General for Public Works and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat. The Sand Martin needs to be encouraged to return to breed on the banks of the Meuse River in the foreseeable future. The Common Kingfisher should start building its nests there again, and beavers should once again be seen visiting the river water. Martens en Van Oord was selected to complete the first tranche of this project.

Four Objectives
In addition to restoring the habitats for plants and animals, three other objectives apply: improving water quality, increasing flood protection and creating an appealing river landscape. Some 260 kilometers of the banks of the Meuse River are to be redesigned. Martens en Van Oord was granted the first tranche of this project based on best price and quality combination.

Smart Plan
Over 36 kilometers of riverbank was to be worked on between the Dutch towns of Boxmeer and Ammerzoden. We had to work with thirteen municipalities, three provincial governments and a large and varying group of other collaborators. Our plan excelled in sustainability, keeping environmental nuisance to a minimum and allowed for an astute approach to a complex permit procedure.

True Specialist
We also succeeded in either reusing the construction aggregates excavated while working on the riverbanks, or reselling them on the market. In this process, Martens en Van Oord proved to be a true specialist in carrying out coast and shore projects. The company takes pride in being as capable both on land and in the water.

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