Old railway yard becomes new City Park

Old railway yard becomes new City Park

Challenge

In the Railway North region, the City of Antwerp is planning a large scale upgrade of the Antwerp Dam, Seefhoek and Stuivenberg districts, which included the Antwerp Dam railway yard that had fallen into disuse.

In order to convert the old, decrepit railway yard into a contemporary, sustainable and spacious urban landscape park, the area had to first be remediated.

Located on a 24-hectare site, the former railway yard is owned by the National Society of Belgian Railways (NMBS). Separated by the Viaduct Dam, the area is divided into two zones, “East” and “West”.

 

Our solution

DEC carried out the soil and groundwater remediation work, including the removal of the ashes present in both zones. In total, more than 100,000 cubic metres of ash and 50,000 tonnes of contaminated soil were removed from the site.

The project started in early September 2005 and DEC succeeded in completing the remediation within the planned one-year period, although the groundwater treatment continued until 2011. The work was performed for NMBS Holding under the supervision of TUC-RAIL.

The rezoning of the vacated railway yard was determined based on a citizen survey in 1999, which demonstrated the desire for green, light and space.

 

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