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Thursday31 July 2014

Plans for £264 billion man-made Dutch mountain take shape

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Outlandish idea floated by journalist finds serious support

Plans to build a €300 billion (£264 billion) man-made mountain almost twice the height of Snowdon in the Dutch flatlands appear to be gathering pace.

The idea was first floated by Thijs Zonneveld, a Dutch journalist and former professional cyclist, who bemoaned the lack of training facilities for mountain sports in his home country.

A proposal for what the mountain could look like has been drawn up by previously unknown Dutch architecture practice Hoffers & Kruger.

The project, named Die Berg Komt Er, or The Mountain Comes, has secured the backing of the Dutch Climbing & Mountaineering Association, the Royal Dutch Cycling Union and the Dutch Ski Association.

Thorwald Veneberg, technical director of the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation, said: “The altitude and the length of roads in the Dutch hills do not compare with high mountains in the Alps or the Pyrenees. The federation wants the plan and is therefore more than happy to assist.”

Zonneveld’s boss, Ben Rogmans, publisher of the daily De Pers newspaper, said that a working group has been set up and will meet for its first brainstorming session next week.

Rogmans said that an initial design phase is likely to have a budget of €500,000 to produce basic designs. To complete the project will take up to 30 years and between €50 billion and €300 billion, he said.

Investors are now being sought for the mountain, which would generate revenue from activities including sports, energy, drinking water and food production.

Zonneveld said: “This plan is serious. All kinds of big companies have now stepped in, various municipalities and investors are interested. Sport is perhaps the main reason why there is so much attention for this mountain. Because sport captures the imagination.”

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  • "Plans to build a €300 billion (£264 billion) man-made mountain almost twice the height of Snowdon in the Duch flatlands appear to be gathering pace."

    "To complete the project will take up to 30 years and between €50 million and €300 million, he said."

    Million or billion?? Big difference Mark...

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  • Andrea Klettner

    Jack

    This should have read "between €50 billion and €300 billion" and has now been amended.

    Thank you for pointing it out.

    Mark

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  • Well, I know Allsop was going to open an office somewhere abroad and he's said he's found somewhere, but surely £300billion, a 30 year wait and a man-made mountain twice the height of Snowdon is pushing the limits of even his bonkers budgets and designs?

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  • Sorry, is it April 1st?

    How long does it take to commute to the Alps from the Netherlands?

    The money could be spent on something worthwhile to humanity around the world.

    Only sustainable option, build it up as a landfill site, cap the top and draw off generated gasses to provide fuel for power stations. That might make it worthwhile!

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  • Almost half of the Netherland's GDP on a pretend mountain? How exactly will this thing pay for itself? I can't see base jumpers, mountaineers and cyclists paying to use such a monstrousity in the first place, let alone using it enough to pay back 300 billion smackers.
    The scale and budget suggest to me a new world order conspiracy to save the ruling reptilian classes of Holland, should the nation become submerged due to rising sea levels... or something.

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  • zecks_marquise

    Boy do these guys have a complex about living below sea level! whatever next, glaciers in Morocco?

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  • If the people of Birmingham bemoan the lack of adequate surfing facilities in their region, why not mount the city on wheels and drive it down to Lands End every weekend!

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  • It would be cheaper I should think and more sustainable to build a high speed rail line from Amsterdam to Bern and give every Dutch passport holder a free ticket for life.

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  • For that money you could build a bridge from the Netherlands to Snowden

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  • IS THIS A JOKE ?

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