The cement-free windmill in Flevoland turns!

Press release 29-10-2021

Two circular bridges built for the Floriade Expo 2022

Today in Almere, two circular bridges were unveiled – an initiative of Bridge campus, the municipality of Almere and the province of Flevoland. The Beverbrug and Rondje Weerwater Brug demonstrate what the future of bridge construction will look like. This involves cement-free concrete, co-creation in the contracting and reused materials.

Unveiling bridges Floriade

The unveiling

The bridges were unveiled by the deputy Jan-Nico Appelman, alderman Jan Hoek, architect René van Zuuk and Erik Kijlstra, director of Reimert Bouw en Infrastructuur. They accepted the circular passports that give a symbolic comparison with the CO₂ savings in the form of e.g. 26 return flights to America and 21,840 dryer cycles.

Saving 57.7 tons of CO₂

The construction of these bridges shows that innovation is feasible and affordable. By utilising co-creation in the contracting, which allows the limits to be found and extended, an impressive result was achieved. The bridges are truly from Almere: designed by an Almere architect, built by an Almere contractor, and made from cement-free concrete consisting of recycled Almere concrete rubble. Plus second-hand products were used: tubular piles and reinforcing bars and wood for the railings. The Beverbrug has a plant-filled strip to attract bees and absorb CO₂ and particulate matter. All of the people involved are proud that the circular construction of the bridges produced a savings of 57.7 tons of CO₂ emissions.

Circular wish

During the unveiling, the audience expressed their circular wish to have the circular (cement-free) windmill in Flevoland turning at full speed. Do you have a circular wish for Flevoland? Let us know about it at:

Bridge campus Flevoland-Floriade

By 2040, some 85,000 bridges and viaducts must be replaced or renovated in the Netherlands. This demands an enormous investment and sufficient design and construction capacity. Sustainability, circularity and life cycle costs are essential components of this. It is an ambitious circular challenge, which the Bridge campus in Flevoland at the Floriade park is researching and applying in practice. For example, we are collaborating in a Common Data Environment and using the European Fund for Regional Development.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: or call the programme manager Tjibbe Winkler (+31 (0)6-54273910).


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