The Noordwaard is one of the 39 major projects within the 'Room for the River' strategy which focuses on controlled inundation to enlarge water detention capacity. The Room for the River strategy is a program of measures resulting from the desire to protect the Netherlands against a future increase in river discharge and surge, without primarily raising dikes. The Noordwaard in its present form is a polder where people live and work. By lowering the dike of the Noordwaard polder the area will become subject to controlled inundation and function as a dedicated water detention district.
By invitation of Ballast Nedam, NEXT architects co-operated with H+N+S landschapsarchitecten in the tender for the bridges and pumping-stations for the Noordwaard.