Hart van de Waalsprong, Nijmegen
Area and property development
Hart van de Waalsprong will be a sustainable and vibrant urban district in Nijmegen, offering a mix of living, working, shopping, recreation and meeting places. With its location by the river Waal and its proximity to the city centre of Nijmegen, this brand new district offers the best of both worlds: the city and nature. De Waaijer is turned into a new nature reserve, and for groceries and other shopping needs, the first energy-neutral shopping centre of the Netherlands is just around the corner.
Diversity is an integral part of the plan. The three neighbourhoods each have their own identity: Oosterhout represents living surrounded by nature, the Centre Area is urban, Lent is urban living with a village-like atmosphere. The area covers almost 7 hectares and will include 500 homes, of which 285 owner-occupied and 215 rental homes. Of the latter, 100 homes will be for social housing, 30 will be mid-priced and there will be 25 assisted living homes. Meeting each other is at the heart of the design. On the square, with its little restaurants and cafes that are so characteristic of Nijmegen, or in one of the parks.
Hart van Waalsprong will be an energy-neutral district with solar panels, wadis (gullies that can hold rain water), public gardens, green roofs, water fountains and the first energy-neutral shopping centre of the Netherlands. Both buyers and tenants will receive a mobility pass from us for the use of the electric cars and bicycles that will be available throughout the neighbourhood. The shared electric cars store energy that can be used again after the sun has set. The new city bridge ‘de Oversteek’ and its bicycle path ‘Snelbinder’ connect the district with the city.