Sand Motor: pilot project for natural coastal protection

Sand Motor: pilot project for natural coastal protection


  • Sand Motor is an artificial peninsula off the coast of the Netherlands with an area of 128 ha.
  • The peninsula ensures that the coast between Hook of Holland and Scheveningen can be restored naturally by accretion.
  • The newly formed coastline will protect the country against the rising sea level.
  • The process of widening the beach and the dunes has created an extra 35 ha of natural and recreational areas.
  • We are using the pilot project to investigate whether nature can make an independent contribution to the maintenance of the coastline.


million m3 of deposited sand spread by the wind, waves and current

Video Sand Motor

Rijkswaterstaat began to work on the Sand Motor in 2011. The Sand Motor is situated to the south of The Hague, between Ter Heijde and Kijkduin. We deposited sand along the coastline, which created a peninsula. The sand spreads along the coastline under the influence of the current and wind, making the coast wider and safer. And, at the same time, this creates space for nature and recreation. The link below is to a video in which we present the initial results of the investigation. Watch the video on YouTube.


Completed: 2021
201121.5 million m3 of sand deposited
2016End of monitoring phase 1, initial readings known
2021End of phase 2, final results known

The Sand Motor

  • Discover The Sand Motor

    A project such as the Sand Motor is a world first. There is a website devoted to the project, where videos, images and more information on how the Sand Motor works can be found, and what the future holds in store.