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Fertile soil from Ravelgracht to be reused

The new, low-traffic residential district Ravel is increasingly taking shape. Along Maurice Ravellaan, which separates the residential district from Goed Genoeg Sports Park, we have started work digging the Ravelgracht. This canal, 425 m in length, will soon run all the way from Beethovenstraat to Vivaldistraat and the digging is progressing extremely well: we have already completed half of the job. Across the centre of Ravelgracht, we are currently building a wide bridge that will connect the football pitches of Amsterdam Football Club (AFC) and the residential buildings of Ravel.

Digging towards the bridge

We started digging on the west side of the canal next to Beethovenstraat and within a week we had reached the point where the bridge will soon be built. Of course, there was plenty of preparatory work in advance: since September 2023, we have been doing the masonry work for the wall across the whole width of the canal. We built a strong foundation structure made up of sheet piling covered with a concrete profile. We built the brick wall against that. In June 2024, we will start digging the second half of the canal, from the bridge to Vivaldistraat.

Filling with water

Now that the western half of Ravelgracht has been dug, we will soon be letting it fill up with water. This is relatively simple, because the canal is now already connected on the western side to the canal between Valley and Goed Genoeg Sports Park. That canal is itself connected to the water alongside Spoorslag. In the distant future, we will use culverts (tube-shaped concrete tubes) to create an underground connection between Ravelgracht and De Boelegracht and Vivaldigracht. That will not happen until the residential buildings in Ravel have been completed, in 2035 at the earliest.

Sandy and peaty soil

The soil that we are removing will not go to waste. The top layer of sand will be used to raise the height of the rest of the residential neighbourhood – currently still a barren site. Any sand left over will go to the Buiksloterham project, where the City of Amsterdam is also raising the height of the ground. Slightly deeper in the soil is a layer of peat, made up largely of natural materials. This will be transported to the Amsterdam soil bank, where it will be left to ripen for some time. The soil will then be mixed with sand, creating soil that is suitable for cultivation – a fertile, high-quality soil, which is ideal for growing grass. Any projects in Amsterdam that need this type of soil can collect it from the soil bank.

Schedule

A promenade will be created alongside Ravelgracht. By October 2024, we expect to have completed the paving for the promenade. The whole of Maurice Ravellaan and the cycle path alongside it will also be completed by then. The area will be planted up at the end of 2024.

On the left, the Ravel residential neighbourhood, in the centre Maurice Ravellaan and Goed Genoeg Sports Park on the right

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