A case is often made after the work is done. This time, we take a different approach and report in the middle of the process. This project started in 2017, and will be completed between 2022 and 2024. Our consultant Sebastiaan Staats has been working on a new one bypass for Lochem.

Dutch Boosting Group participated in the Schakel Achterhoek A1 project. Behind this inspiring title is a new provincial ring road on the north side of Lochem, including a new bridge over the Twente Canal. We are already involved in the planning phase, so there is still a lot of flexibility in the final solution. As a result, we also have a lot of influence on the final quality for people and the environment. And that makes us happy at Dutch Boosting Group!

Working integrally on goals

The project is quite ambitious, because it should ensure:
• improve regional accessibility,
• improve road safety on the route,
• improve spatial quality in the station area of ​​Lochem, the Twente Canal Zone and the areas along the Goorseweg and Kwinkweerd,
• improving the quality of the living environment and nature where possible.

Flexibility Integration Plan

To make this possible, a lot of flexibility was built in when drawing up the Provincial Integration Plan (PIP). See here the entire project card. Those involved indicate that they don’t know where they stand. Where exactly will the road and bridge be? They are right. That is why we assume a worst-case location of the infrastructure. Any implementation that fits within the plan therefore falls within the spatial and legal frameworks.

The Integration Plan with attachments can be found at ruimtelijkeplannen.nl .


Every new road has an influence on the climate. Traffic will increase, as will the paved surface. We use the Ambition Web sustainable GWW to make project-specific how the project will contribute to the provincial climate and sustainability objectives. We focus in particular on spatial quality, energy and circularity (reuse of materials). The Ambition Web provides guidelines and the integration plan offers sufficiently broad frameworks. In this way we can respond to the major developments that are currently taking place in our field of work.

An eye for the environment

Many parties are involved in a large project. In this case it concerns public parties such as the municipality of Lochem, Rijkswaterstaat, ProRail, NS Vastgoed and the Water Board Rijn en IJssel. In addition, we also deal with the environment. There are many companies, especially on the Kwinkweerd, and many local residents who all have their own interests. It is difficult to keep everyone happy. However, because we involve all stakeholders at an early stage, the puzzle pieces become explicit. This allows us to map out the issues at an early stage.

With information evenings, we ensure that the surrounding businesses and residents are informed and challenge them to think about solutions for the design.


On 19 December 2018, the Provincial Council adopted the integration plan N346 Schakel Achterhoek-A1. Interested parties that have submitted an opinion can lodge an appeal with the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State up to 6 weeks after it has been established.
The road is planned to be opened between 2022 and 2024, depending on legal proceedings.

Capture, account and connect

So what is the contribution of Dutch Boosting Group? We ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are represented. A clear picture, we like that. All stakeholders are involved at an early stage and remain involved throughout the process. All wishes and requirements are recorded and translated into a contract that gives the contractor the space to deliver his added value.

Working top-down. By focusing on the ‘why’ of the assignment, the objectives of the project were already established at an early stage. In the elaboration of the assignment, a continuous assessment is made of the contribution to these objectives, which also ensures that the project members have the correct focus. For example, the objectives are used to make explicit choices between different (design) solutions using trade-off analyzes. By making verification and validation part of our approach, we, and the stakeholders, are not surprised by the final solution.

Within the project team we do not have a permanent IPM role, but we work as a ‘connector’ or integrator. In this role we interfere with environmental management, technical management and contract management. In other words, we do what we feel like doing, and we do what makes sense!