Pays-Bas – Digue de sable Prins Hendrik

Prins Hendrik sand dyke, the Netherlands

Prins Hendrik sand dyke

On Texel, one of the Dutch Wadden islands, Jan De Nul Group reinforced the Prins Hendrik sand dyke. By implementing Nature Based Solutions, we made the island bigger and even more beautiful, with a special focus on extra nature. Moreover, from now on, inhabitants will keep their feet dry.

The fertile soil of Texel is particularly suited to growing flower bulbs. The natural landscape forms an important tourist attraction. But that was threatened by a leaking dyke. Higher Water Board Hollands Noorderkwartier, the water management unit for this dyke, was looking for a solution. Jan De Nul Group provided the ultimate solution: a new dune landscape against the old dyke and a salt marsh landscape on the seaward side. As a result, the transition between land and water is at once more natural and sustainable. Because of the dynamic nature of the area, this part of the Texel sea defences will meet strict water safety requirements for the coming decades. It took Jan De Nul Group only about a year to complete this exceptional project. A design where water management goes hand in hand with nature development, so that 14,000 local inhabitants and more than a million visitors a year can keep enjoying this exceptional nature reserve.

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