ROTTERDAM, 24 May 2023 - In a landmark move, the rough port of Merwehaven is set to be transformed into a bustling and sustainable living and working district in Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H). The district's future, underpinned by a masterplan submitted to the city council today, encompasses housing, work, and harbour activities, ensuring a sustainable and circular approach to urban development.
A Glimpse into the Future of Rotterdam
Alderman Chantal Zeegers, responsible for Climate, Building, and Living, announced the ambitious vision for Merwehaven, stressing its significance in Rotterdam's future. “Merwehaven is the starting point for the future of Rotterdam,” said Zeegers. “An energetic, sustainable, circular, and green area where one can live, work, and recreate. In Merwehaven, the city and harbour merge. The robust, historical environment is a unique place to live and serves as a breeding ground for creative entrepreneurs.”
Emphasis on Sustainability, Circularity, and Climate Adaptation
The new buildings in Merwehaven will have as low an energy consumption as possible, achieved by designing sustainable buildings and implementing a smart energy system. This system will focus on generating, storing, and exchanging energy to prevent unnecessary energy consumption.
In the area's development, the environmental impact will be kept to a minimum by working circularly. Existing buildings will be preserved wherever possible, and materials will be reused in a high-quality and local manner. Developers are also encouraged to design and build future-proof buildings during tendering processes.
Space for Cyclists and Pedestrians
In line with the vision for a greener city, slow traffic will be prioritized in Merwehaven. Parking will be centralized, freeing up space for a green city district with more room for cyclists, pedestrians, and dwellers.
Rotterdam Makers District
Merwehaven is part of the Merwe-Vierhavensgebied (M4H), a district set to transform into a vibrant city part with housing, restaurants, events, education, and culture. M4H is the site of innovation for the new sustainable economy, with entrepreneurs and educational institutions collaborating on technical innovations for the future of the city and harbour.
The Road Ahead
With the masterplan now submitted, the next phase of development can commence. Preparatory work is expected to begin in 2024, with the first construction activities slated for 2025.
How to Get There
Merwehaven is located in the M4H area of Rotterdam, easily accessible via public and private transport. The area is historically robust, offering a unique living environment and serving as a hub for creative enterprises.