The Dutch Ministries of Culture, Housing and Environment, Agriculture and Transport issued the policy document “Nota Belvedere” which involves cultural history during land-use planning in the Netherlands. To show how cultural history can be integrated in spatial design, the government has launched the New Dutch Waterline (NDW) as a national project organisation, aiming for developing the waterline and its fortified heritage sites as one entity. Since then NDW has gained a great deal of experience in renovation, modernisation and revitalisation of fortified heritage sites (10 in total). However, they see further unexploited potential for redevelopment, and through this, socio-economic prosperity, which NDW aims to tackle in an interregional context.
Projectoffice New Dutch Waterline is responsible for the coordination of 200 implementation projects to redevelop the New Dutch Water Defence Line. Projects are mainly focused on restauration of the fortresses, giving new function , implementing cycle and walking routes, sign systems and product development for tourism by the entrepeneurs and is running now for 10 years.
The projectoffice is also involved in various international programmas.
The aim with the international projects is to :
More info: www.hollandsewaterlinie.nl
Because large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level, the Dutch have been fighting the water for as long as we can remember. However, water isn’t the only enemy of our country. In times of war water became a welcome ally and the nation’s best line of defence. The Dutch caused intentional inundation using Holland's biggest secret weapon: the Dutch Waterline. In contrast to the 1672 Old Waterline, the new one (from 1885) was never fully inundated. After World War II the Waterline no longer played a prominent role and was quietly forgotten. The Line was established as a
protective ring approximately 85 km long and 3–5 km wide around the Dutch cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem.
Projectbureau Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie
t.a.v. Peter Ros
Postbus 406 3500 AK Utrecht