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Masterplan for the Green Belt and a Climate Park around the city, Nieuwpoort, BE

This masterplan gives shape to the future development of the creek area with the aim of reinforcing the relationship between the city, the river Yser and the surrounding landscape. The plan takes the complex water system as a starting point and searches for ways to give water a more meaningful and active role in the city. On the one hand, a resilient water system is designed to help the city face the challenges caused by climate change. On the other hand, a contemporary water structure is defined to catalyse and structure future developments and recreational activities in the area.

Sports and recreation are important themes in the masterplan. Missing links in the recreational network are resolved, the relationship between the urban development and the landscape is strengthened, the accessibility is improved with more attention to active modes and the coherence of future developments is guaranteed with clear and recognisable image quality guidelines and a spatial framework that takes the qualities of the underlying landscape into account. The masterplan will be used as base for a land-use plan.

The team, consisting of BRUT and LAMA landscape architects, won the competition (Oproep Winvorm) commissioned by the Province of West Flanders in collaboration with the City of Nieuwpoort. A broad group of stakeholders was involved during the process, including a water advisory board and a general advisory board. Landowners and different organisations active in the project zone were consulted on their needs and observations about the propositions of the plan during two rounds of speed dates.

Project Facts

Scope of work

Making a masterplan for the eastern part of the Green Belt of Nieuwpoort and a Climate Park around the city


LAMA (landscape architect)


Nieuwpoort, BE


13 ha project area (park), 75 ha project area (masterplan)


Province West-Flanders, Spatial Planning


Completed, 2018


Winner of the competition (Oproep Winvorm)