Relocation Casemates Princes Beatrix Lock

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The casemates along the Lek Canal are ready for relocation. On February 22, 2017 the first concrete object was moved.

The Princes Beatrix Lock will be enlarged with a third lock chamber. To make this possible, the Lek canal will be widened. Monumental remains of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (military defense line) must make way. To simply relocate these objects would be considered falsification of history. That is why the objects must be pushed aside in a way that clearly shows that they have been moved. This way, the widening of the canal becomes a legible part of the landscapes history. The bunkers linger as ‘Objets Trouvés’ along the dike. Bureau B+B drew up the Esthetical Demands Program for this project.

  • Location: Pr. Beatrixsluis 3433, Nieuwegein, Nederland
  • Under construction: 2016-2017
  • Client: Rijkswaterstaat
relocation bunker for widening Lek Canal

relocation bunker for widening Lek Canal

relocation bunker for widening Lek Canal

Bunker Kazemat verplaatsing Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie uitbreiding Beatrixsluis verbreding Lekkanaal design Bureau B+B

This bunker is ready to be relocated. The specially built crane will transport it to its new location

Bunker Kazemat verplaatsing Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie uitbreiding Beatrixsluis verbreding Lekkanaal design Bureau B+B

Bunker Kazemat verplaatsing Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie uitbreiding Beatrixsluis verbreding Lekkanaal design Bureau B+B

Preparation of the bunkers new location

Preparing relocation of the casemates

Foto: Rijkswaterstaat, Rindert van der Toren

Preparing relocation of the casemates

Foto: Rijkswaterstaat, Rindert van der Toren

Preparing relocation of the casemates

Foto: Rijkswaterstaat, Rindert van der Toren

collage

collage Beatrixsluis

On the site of the canal widening, remnants were found of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie.

Collage object trouvé Beatrixsluis

vogelvlucht Beatrixsluis