About Us

Solutions to the Challenge

‘Royal HaskoningDHV – Urban Development’ focusses on Integrated Spatial Master Planning, with the triple main global goals People, Planet and Prosperity as guiding principle. Economic Diversification is often the main driver with respect to Prosperity. Synergistically combined with Design by Nature, to work together with our Planet. And Stakeholder Participation involve the People, by inviting them actively to co-create the plans together with our experts.

Our projects vary from more abstract regional level, to urban designs on local level. Typical topics involve design and development of new towns and urban regeneration, with a focus on climate change adaptation, accessibilities of cities and regions, and energy transition.

Our way of working

Characteristics of our way of 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 the yellow circle show the stages of the projects we work at. The outer circle shows the many fields of expertise often involved in our projects that are vital for master planning.

Morality and beauty

We believe that the success of a society lies in social cohesion 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, the financially attractive results, 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 Concept and Strategy development, Project management, Implementation strategy, and Stakeholder engagement.

Dutch planning tradition in vibrant Western Europe

Our planning roots are 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 #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 and still growing logistic centres, thanks 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 and professional spatial planning.