Feyenoord City, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Feyenoord City: Regenerating an urban area through sports

OMA’s Feyenoord City masterplan is all about sports, healthy living and community. As a key project for the future urban development of Rotterdam Netherlands, Feyenoord City brings the ambitions of football club Feyenoord and the City of Rotterdam together. The development of the new 63,000 seat stadium is combined with a significant regeneration of a potentially dynamic and vibrant part of the city. The insertion of the new stadium aims to spark the redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood and the waterfront. Furthermore, the masterplan includes the development of green public spaces that encourage and inspire to move and exercise, and are accessible and inviting for the surrounding communities.

Feyenoord’s need for a new modern stadium has triggered OMA to develop a masterplan in which the stadium acts as a catalyst for a large 31-hectare urban development with a 400,000 sqm built program. Currently the area is a socio-economically deprived part of the city, with lower education levels than the national average, and an unemployment rate three times the national average. The area is also under-used in terms of facilities and public space. Additionally, sports participation lags behind the national average, and 1 out of every 5 people suffers of obesity (the national average is 1 every 9).

New connections
The masterplan improves the accessibility of the area for various modes of transport through an ambitious infrastructural plan. This modal shift in transportation modes facilitates an increase in public transport (train, tram, busses and boats) and biking, and decrease car traffic by 40%. Slow and fast traffic will be unbundled, by disconnecting the traffic flows: Exits of parking garages in the masterplan will be organized in such a way that these traffic flows do not cross other main roads and tramlines. In addition, people walking to the stadium are on an elevated platform / concourse to avoid cross overs of the main roads. The amount of space reserved for bicycle parking will increase to 5500.

Abundance of public space
With the realization of the Feyenoord City masterplan, the amount of public space at the waterfront will be doubled to 282,000 sqm. Currently 32% of this part of Rotterdam is public space; when the masterplan is executed, this will be 60%. Urban pockets along the Strip will provide sports facilities and green spaces for leisure usage. Public space in the area and along the waterfront will be activated, especially on non-match days. Even the stadium concourse is open for the public. To secure a sustainable environment, the ambition is to obtain the highest possible rating Outstanding for BREEAM area development.

Hardware and Software
Besides the hardware injections, Feyenoord City also develops a software approach to involve young people from the surrounding neighborhoods. For example, Feyenoord has introduced a multi sports club open to everyone. This enables the community to actively make use of the area.

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