Quickly creating support
Using the tried-and-tested method of Public-Private Local Partnerships, we took steps to maximise support for the project. These included organising local meetings, with contributions from our designers, ecologists, architects and safety experts. We also visited the project site with local residents and asked them for their ideas. Some of these were actually put into practice. Thanks to our efforts, the zoning plans were adopted unanimously and also received numerous compliments.
The design of the bridge has been perfectly tailored to the surrounding area. Fitting in the ramps presented a particular challenge, due to the length of these elements. On the eastern side the ramp is compact to keep the view clear for residents and prevent the landscape from being broken up, while the other ramp is curved. It is not just local residents, however, but also users – cyclists and pedestrians – who are benefiting from our full attention. As a result, we have managed to realise our ambition of achieving a score of at least 8 from the Dutch Cyclists’ Union. In fact we even managed to exceed this.
Thom is Managing Director of Ballast Nedam Park & Connect and, with his team, is involved in the design and construction of high-quality mobility links. Such as parking garages, bridges and viaducts. Everything is based on the principle of the learning organisation and servant leadership: the inverted management pyramid. Thom always keeps his dream in mind; a fully circular living environment. In which people can move around easily, happily and safely and connect with each other.