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Royal HaskoningDHV helps Singapore reclaim 810ha

Royal HaskoningDHV is introducing a traditional Dutch form of land reclamation to Singapore in order to add 810ha to the island of Pulau Tekong.

The approach of building a polder is new to Singapore but has been used for 400 years in the Netherlands. It involves constructing a dyke around the area to be reclaimed and draining the water from it. This allows the reclaimed area to be built at a lower level and hence significantly reduces the amount of sand needed compared to raising the ground to above sea level.

The polder is designed by Royal HaskoningDHV with local partner Surbana Jurong. The team carried out the detailed study and engineering design with Singapore’s Housing & Development Board. The studies and design were carried out together with Professor Kees d'Angremond as an expert adviser and Deltares as a specialist consultant.

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