De Nieuwe DefensieUtrecht, the Netherlands
About De Nieuwe Defensie
BPD is developing De Nieuwe Defensie, a new urban district with 800-950 homes, ranging from apartments and single-family dwellings to penthouses and livework properties, all within a stone's throw of Utrecht's city centre. De Nieuwe Defensie will be a green and healthy neighbourhood in which to live: there will be a park alongside the Merwedekanaal, and green roads and gardens within the development. Another feature will be a skywalk, a semi-public roof garden on top of the fifth floor. As the district is designed to be a low-traffic area, there will be plenty of room for cyclists and pedestrians. The development will include housing for everyone: social housing, mid-priced rental homes from BPD Woningfonds, and affordable and free-sector owner-occupied properties. The Merwedekanaalzone will also feature cafés and restaurants, shops and businesses, primary schools with childcare facilities, and a secondary school. Completion of the district as a whole is planned for 2027.