• Client: Leek Local Authority
  • Location: Leek
  • Year: 2008-2012

Residential Area and Water Park Leek

Leek - The 'Oost-Indië' urban-planning project in Leek, close to the city of Groningen, entails 15 to 20 hectares of construction, a central neighbourhood park and green areas.

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Residential Area and Water Park Leek

ARCADIS won the European tender for this project, consisting of a complete plan design, a plan of approach, a management and maintenance plan and the financial quote. In collaboration with Copijn, ARCADIS Landscape Architecture created the urban-planning design and designed the neighbourhood park.

The design for the district brings together the water-purification function (helophytes filter), the recreational function (neighbourhood park) and sustainability (re-use of 20,000 m3 of loam released). The 'De Leemvallei' park is a highly recognisable element in the new Oost-Indië district. Besides somewhere pleasant to spend time, it also forms the recreational connection between the district and the outer area. The borders of the park are formed by water and elevated helophytes filters, built with loam from the area. The district looks out onto the rugged, flowery verges scattered with alder, which blend into the filter slopes. The rigid appearance of the reed in the filters contrasts with the irregular shapes of the trees and plants, giving rise to a stratification of vegetation.

Project data

LocationLeek Google Maps
Size45 ha
Design2006-2012
Construction2010-2012
ClientLeek Local Authority
TeamLeonoor van der Linden, Timo Cents
In collaboration withCopijn
Residential Area and Water Park Leek
Residential Area and Water Park Leek
Residential Area and Water Park Leek
Residential Area and Water Park Leek
Residential Area and Water Park Leek