TECHNOLOGY AND URBAN PLANNING
THE RIVER GEUL, VALKENBURG
30 improvement proposals in 3 rambling routes
The Geul flows right through the centre of Valkenburg where it appears
more like a mountain stream than a river. It is fast-flowing and has
changeable water levels. The centuries-old embankments have been
constructed largely from marlstone. These embankments are in a very
poor structural condition and restoration is urgently required.
The spatial design ensures that:
the history of the embankments and the surrounding area is rendered more visible
the cultural-historical value of the embankments is improved
the tourism-leisure value of the embankments is improved
the Geul does not become even more hidden in the urban structure, but
once again becomes part of the public space and more visible and
The design contains a large number of proposals for improvement,
varying from a design for the quay wall at the place where it joins the
medieval town wall to the creation of an image of the former city-gate.
The proposals for improvement were presented in the form of three walks
which each reflect a crucial aspect of the materialisation of the
current quality of the inner city of Valkenburg:
The medieval walk which more or less follows the contours of the
medieval town wall. The plans for this walk include proposals to make
it easier to experience and access the historical aspects.
The spa walk which refers to the period at the end of the nineteenth
century when Valkenburg emerged as a fashionable, chic tourist resort
and health spa. The plans for this walk include proposals related to
improving the attractiveness of the public space. The walk is a
succession of inviting spaces referred to as the 'flanade'.
The Geul walk which is a walk close to the banks of the Geul and which
even runs partly above the Geul itself. This walk focuses on the Geul
in all its facets: the Geul as an ancient natural stream, the water
mills, the Geul as the carrier of the green structure, the Geul island,
The work started in 2008 and it will be ready in 2013.
Gouverneur Hultmanstraat 2
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