De Laar estate

The redevelopment of a natural heritage site

The Laarmanshoek development plan, which was drawn up in cooperation with Regge and Dinkel Water Board, comprised the thorough revitalisation of the De Laar estate close to Ommen.
The historic treasures of this natural heritage site and new water management alterations were therefore seamlessly combined in an inventive and innovative manner.

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The plan was prompted by the water safety project for the River Vecht in the Province of Overijssel. The existing bank of the River Regge (a tributary of the Vecht) had to be relocated, thus creating a substantial water storage area for the river. Measures taken to make the new bank blend in with its surroundings served as impetus to give the estate a facelift.
The original heritage features of a country house with copses, ornamental water features, a Grand Canal and various avenues had to be renovated. The physical and visual links between the estate and the River Regge were also restored. This improved the estate’s water system considerably; returning running water to the moats, ornamental water features and the Grand Canal will again be connected to the surrounding natural water system. A modern version of the old dilapidated log bridge will also span the Grand Canal. A needle monument is also to be erected at the end of the Grand Canal.
Het Laark new monument

The needle monument is a representation of a local legend about love lost. The bench around the needle monument offers visitors splendid views of not only the Grand Canal and the country house at the end, but also the Regge river valley and the meandering Regge itself.

bridge grand canal

A small pumping station is also to be built at the intersection of the new bank and the principal waterway. The pumping station will have the appearance of a folly, featuring an oak-trunk textured concrete exterior and images by underwater photographer Willem Kolvoort.

folly pumping station