The preparations for the Watermolenbeek are in full swing. Mobilization has taken place, the first UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) studies have been set up, in short, in the summer of 2018 Qceas is busy!
The part of the Watermolenbeek which Qceas has assigned to concerns all underwater activities such as placing the underwater reinforcement for the underwater concrete floor, pouring the underwater concrete and realizing the temporary flood defenses in the stream where the quay wall needs to be reconstructed. It concerns the part between the Burgemeester Freijterslaan and the Kadeplein, with a length of about 175 meters on both sides of the watercourse. The existing bank construction consists of concrete sheet piles with a concrete deck gorge, which for the most part were installed at the beginning of the 20th century and a part that had been renewed in 1963, which had to do with the diversion of the Watermolenbeek for the construction of the tunnel of the Markttunnel in the Burgemeester Freijterslaan.
The Watermolenbeek drains an important part of the inner-city rainwater, which means it can not be closed in its entirety. Due to the total water system in the municipality of Roosendaal, part of the cross section (at least 2/3 of the water-bearing part) of the Watermolenbeek must at all times remain available for the drainage of water from the Watermolenbeek. During the work there will be a varying amount of water discharge with different flow rates. In order to improve the accessibility of an underlying public park, a walkway has to be fitted along the bank construction over a limited area. Rainwater drains in the bank construction must be guaranteed during implementation.
In addition to the reconstruction of the current Watermolenbeek, measures must be taken to strengthen the ecological connection zone. These measures concern the installation of a walkway with planting for flora and fauna objectives, roughening of the new concrete walls, restoring the existing masonry retaining wall construction to make it suitable for vegetation of wall ferns and adapting a natural bank with a puddle behind it -grass area. In addition, the municipal authorities value good communication with the local residents and property owners.