In need of reinforcement: the Rijnkade in Arnhem

Building a safe dyke together

Reinforcing Rijnkade Arnhem

Keeping the Netherlands safe and dry. That is the aim of the national High Water Protection Programme, in which more than 1,500 kilometres of dykes are being reinforced. One of those dykes is the Rijnkade in Arnhem. This dyke reinforcement is in the hands of construction consortium SAMEN, a collaboration between Van der Ven, Ballast Nedam and Hakkers. Commissioned by the Rijn and IJssel Water Board and the municipality of Arnhem, we are ensuring that the Rijnkade will last for another 100 years.

  • 1,2 kilometre dyke reinforcement
  • 5500 cubic metres reused sand
  • 350 metres sheet pile wall

Electric construction equipment

Nearly all the construction equipment we use on site is fully electric, as well as the piper truck that brings the materials from the land hub to the quay. This reduces CO2 emissions as well as noise pollution.

Because we are working in the middle of the city, we face additional safety and accessibility challenges. That is why we first tackle the low quay and the retaining wall. This will be followed by the high quay, which we will work on in small sections. This way, local residents are inconvenienced as little as possible.

Transport by water

We supply almost all concrete work by water from our water hub. That saves a lot of transport movements through Arnhem city centre. We also have a land hub, where for instance the manholes, sewage pipes and paving stones come from. From this land hub, we always leave with a full truck so that we have to drive up and down as little as possible.

Precast concrete work

Precast concrete work can be assembled on the quay right from the water. So we hardly need to pour concrete on site. This allows us to complete the job faster and cleaner. The reuse of existing materials also plays a major role. For instance, we will reuse the stones, the basalt lining of the current barrier and about 5,500 cubic metres of sand. If everything goes according to plan, Arnhem's Rijnkade will be ready for the future in 2025.

More information?

Twan Spanjers

Director Specialities Ballast Nedam Infra Projects

Twan joined Ballast Nedam in 2019. He is experienced in the fields of concrete and hydraulic engineering and large-scale earthmoving. At Ballast Nedam Infra Projects, Twan and his team have strong expertise in building solid foundations for every construction and infrastructure project. By supplying high-quality foundations at the start of the construction process, they make the start of works successful.

Twan Spanjers bedrijfsdirecteur Ballast Nedam Foundation & Excavation Solutions
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