About the project
In defining the development plan for the Kazernekwartier urban redevelopment project on 25 May 2011, an important foundation was laid for the further implementation of this project. The development plan describes the broad contours of the urban design, the financial implications of the project and the way in which cultural history will be accommodated in the area. It also takes an initial step towards the application of Cradle to Cradle® principles in the further development of the project.
In relation to this latter aspect, the ‘Cradle to Cradle® in the Kazernekwartier’ document was drawn up on the basis of earlier policy documents relating to the area (including the development plan for the former Frederik Hendrik Barracks site) and Cradle to Cradle® (including the 2009 Cradle to Cradle® implementation program). This document describes how Cradle to Cradle® principles can be integrated into the development of the Kazernekwartier plan during the coming 20 years (the planning horizon for the project), and by doing so it creates a link between earlier documents on the development of the Kazernekwartier and Cradle to Cradle® in the City of Venlo. As well as that, the basic principles referred to in this document, will be translated into the design quality plan for the Kazernekwartier and the output specification for the Multifunctional Centre (MFC).
The redevelopment of the Kazernekwartier on the former Frederik Hendrik Barracks site is a cornerstone of the city’s ambitions to make Venlo more attractive and is anchored in both the Venlo 2030 vision plan and the Central Euroregion’s ‘Capital City and Vital Heart’ program. The ‘Frederik Hendrik Barracks 2025’ development plan was approved by the City Council in May 2011. This plan defines the following three ambitions:
- The Kazernekwartier will be Venlo’s ‘visiting card’;
- The Kazernekwartier will have a Euro regional appeal, in particular with the implementation of a programme that is in line with the area’s strategic location, and which will provide space for facilities with a nature and scale that cannot be accommodated in the city centre;
- The Kazernekwartier will form an integral part of the city through its good connections with the surrounding areas – it will be part of, and an extension of, the city itself.
In addition to these ambitions, five basic principles have been defined for the urban design and the programmed development of the plan. These are as follows:
- The Kazernekwartier must have excellent multimodal accessibility, especially in relation to the Venlo and Blerick centres;
- The development must be in line with the prerequisites of external safety, in particular with regard to the risks associated with the rail line and the natural gas pipeline;
- The Kazernekwartier must have a high-grade urban design signature and quality;
- The Cradle to Cradle® principles must be applied in the redevelopment project;
- The implementation of the Kazernekwartier project must be appropriate to the cultural and historical values of the location; these must be observed to enhance the spatial design and quality of the project.
As well as the above ambitions and basic principles, there is an important motion that has been unanimously adopted: the motion for economically effective investments in sustainable saving and revenue generating measures. A motion for the plan to be optimised in Cradle to Cradle® terms has also been adopted.
Defined goals and desired results
The intention: ‘The area exclusively uses renewable energy, and renewable energy is generated in the area’ can be expressed by the following desired results:
- Buildings and facilities exclusively use renewable energy;
- An increasing amount of renewable energy is generated within the boundaries of the area;
- The energy system is visible and contributes to awareness;
- There is a clearly defined energy vision that serves as a point of reference in the development and implementation of the area and buildings;
- Energy-efficiency is applied to introduce renewable energy instead of simply trying to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The intention: ‘The materials used (in the public spaces and buildings) are suitable to form part of biological or technical cycles without loss of quality’ can be expressed in concrete terms through the following desired results:
- The quality and content of the materials and products used are defined in measurable terms for a continuous biological or technical cycle;
- The use of Cradle to Cradle®-certified products is specified (or included) in the plans, specifications and buildings;
- The life cycle usage path of the materials is defined;
- The materials used are measurably beneficial to human health and the environment.
The intention: ‘The area is self-sufficient in its water needs, and water is an integral and visible element of the public spaces’ can be expressed in concrete terms through the following desired results:
- Water is repeatedly and continuously used within the area and the buildings;
- The quality of (waste) water is measurably higher, so that it is healthier for biological cycles than before it was used in the area or building;
- All the excess water is infiltrated within the plan area;
- The water system is visible and contributes to awareness;
- Water is used efficiently.
The intention: ‘A stay in the area is a pleasant, healthy and safe experience for users’ can be expressed in concrete terms through the following desired results:
- Growth in the numbers and diversity of the indigenous flora and fauna within the boundaries of the area;
- Green is an integral and visible element of the public spaces;
- The area and its buildings continuously and measurably improve the local air quality;
- The air emissions of each building are known and positive;
Archeology & Cultural history
The intention: ‘The archaeological and cultural-historic values are used, presented, visualised and integrated in the new spatial development, and create added value for the spatial design and the quality of life in the area’ can be expressed in concrete terms in the following desired results:
- The fort is optimally and prominently visible at its original location;
- Archaeological and cultural-historic elements strengthen the links between the other C2C themes;
- Archaeological and cultural-historic elements are recognisable to the public;
- The fort is used as a (commercial) space.
The analysis of the documents provided and made available by the stakeholders (and which are related to the Cradle to Cradle®-principles) were studied in the first phase of the project. On that basis, the following themes have been identified together with the project team:
- Renewable energy;
- Continuous material reuse cycles;
- Self-sufficiency in water;
- Functional green;
- Archaeology & cultural history.
These themes are decisive for the realisation of the ambitions expressed in the development plan, and are only shown in this listing. They are further detailed in the discussions with the stakeholders, and have been translated into concrete objectives.
The objectives are then quantified and brought together in roadmaps. These give the project team members an easily accessible understanding of the objectives that are relevant to their own themes.
The earlier mentioned themes (Renewable Energy, Enhance Water Quality, Continuous Materialcycles, Functional Green, Archeology & Cultural History) are decisive for the realisation of the ambitions expressed in the development plan, and are only shown in this listing. They will be further detailed in the discussions with the stakeholders, and translated into concrete objectives.
The objectives and desired results are translated in measurable units. This is brought together in matrices; The detailed matrices are included as an attachement.
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