Since 2015, a large scale urban renovation of the Zonnemaat neighbourhood (Zevenaar, the Netherlands) has been underway. In addition to the renewal of paving and addition of more greenspace, works include what is in effect a giant sponge - or Rockflow water management system. This below ground system collects rainwater and allows it to slowly infiltrate back into the earth, thus helping to better manage and infiltrate rainwater.

A large portion of renovation works focus on the public space surrounding Zonnemaat’s Jumbo supermarket and a local snackbar. More parking spaces have been added surrounding these uses to accommodate demand. At the same time traffic speed and volume is managed with the narrowing of adjacent streets. New asphalt paving and brick pavers have been installed throughout, complete with new concrete edging.


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