About Us

Solutions to the Challenge

‘Royal HaskoningDHV – Urban Development’ focusses on Economy driven spatial master planning, from regional to local level, and on a broad variety of topics, such as landscaping infrastructure, utilities and industrial areas. We provide solutions for the many challenges of Healthy cities, Water resilience, Sustainable transport, Climate change adaptation and Energy transition.

Our way of working

Characteristics of our way or working are close cooperation with you as client, dedicated project teams that are tailor made for your assignment, and a functional mix of comprehensiveness, creativity and innovation. The figure below shows the philosophy of our approach: a philosophy that has proven to work, resulting in realization of our projects. The topics mentioned in this diagram show the many disciplines often involved in our projects, and that are vital for master planning. The extensive staff of Royal HaskoningDHV offers both the many experts, and the creative and pragmatic planners and designers.

Morality and beauty

We believe that the success of a society lies in social coherence and sound economics, and in the required spatial organization and planning. Citizens want to be proud of their city and country. At the heart of these desires are ethics and aesthetics, more commonly referred to as morality and beauty. We realize there is more than just science and engineering involved in creating great places.


Our clients appreciate our thorough and sound results, our innovative solutions, and the shorter completion times that our working methods provide. Our planners, designers and consultants, together with over 6,000 colleagues, are experienced and highly qualified in all aspects and scales of master planning, and topics such as Strategy development, Project management, Implementation strategy, and Stakeholder engagement.

Dutch planning tradition in vibrant Western Europe

Our planning roots are located in the Netherlands – Western Europe, one of top areas in the world, with 30 million people, and € 150 billion on in- and export, in a relatively small area. In this urban landscape we manage to produce so much food that our country is the second exporter of agricultural products world-wide (USA is number 1). Yet our landscape is famous for the many wetlands, making our country a paradise for wild birds, and for ourselves from leisure perspective. A large part of this area lies under see level. We protect our water-resources and fight threats such as flooding, salinization, and shortage of water in dry summers. Our infrastructure system respects urban, agricultural and natural values but is valued very high in its effectiveness. In Europe our country is one of the main logistic centres, thank to e.g. the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and Schiphol Airport.

What is the secret of this successful urban – agricultural – natural – logistics landscape? Agreement on the common interest, respect for and optimal use of natural resources, continuous investments in infrastructure and, not in the last place: solid spatial planning.