On Thursday, 21 June, 2007 Alderman Hamit Karakus (responsible for Residential and Spatial Planning) has given a playful kickoff to the construction of Newport Nesselande at the Zevenhuizerplas in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The project is unique in the Netherlands, thanks to its combination of residences, a shopping center, a bustling boulevard and a broad sandy beach with recreational possibilities - all united in one single area.
The source of inspiration for the design were successful comparable areas in cities such as Barcelona and Copenhagen. In the period between 2007 and 2011, 464 residences, 10,000 m² of retail space and a parking garage for 635 cars will be created in Newport Nesselande. The actual building activities will commence immediately after the summer vacation. Newport Nesselande is a joint development of Multi Vastgoed (shopping center) and the development joint venture Newport CV, composed of AM, Lithos and Van Omme & De Groot, who are responsible for the housing.
Nesselande lies to the northeast of Rotterdam, between the A20 motorway and the Zevenhuizerplas. Nesselande enjoys an extremely favourable location, given the proximity of the Green Heart, on the one hand, and the center of Rotterdam and arterial roads, on the other.
Through the creation of three parks, the doubling in size of the Zevenhuizerplas and the addition of many facilities, Nesselande will become a high quality new residential, retail and recreational area with around 3,000 m² of leisure facilities and water sport possibilities.
A number of urban developers and architects have been involved in designing Newport Nesselande. T+T Design from Gouda is responsible for the Newport Nesselande concept. The Spanish architect Joan Busquets elaborated the masterplan. The various subprojects have been designed by Joan Busquets, Meyer & Van Schooten (Amsterdam) and 3X Nielsen (Arhus).
In the autumn of 2009 the shopping centre will be opened for the public, until then the inhabitants of Nesselande can make use of the temporary retail facilities. In the shopping centre, around 7,000 m² will be intended for day-to-day shopping and non-food stores. In addition, the location offers excellent possibilities for leisure facilities (around 3,000 m²) such as hotels, restaurants, cafés or a health club.
The mix of different residential types in Newport Nesselande is aimed at a broad group of people. The proximity of many facilities and the presence of the beach and nature is attractive for people who love an active life, but also treasure a restful and safe environment. The town houses are primarily intended for families. They are located on a closed court where the inhabitants find a pleasant, safe and green residential space. The apartments are designed for singles, double-income couples, starters and active over fifty-fives. Newport Nesselande is also an attractive place to live for the elderly, thanks to the presence of a health care center. Cars are parked on private parking spaces in the garage or the closed parking court. Sales of the first 98 residences above and next to the stores began at the end of last year. The interest in living in Newport Nesselande has proven to be great, esp