• M. Lormeau

Eco-district on the Coronmeuse Peninsula in Liège: sanitation process started

The rehabilitation work that has just begun on the Coronmeuse site in Liège and several trees along the former shipyard have been cut down this week. The trees, were found to be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), mineral oils and chlorine compounds and were therefore taken care of by sanitation company SPAQUE. New trees and shrubs will be planted by Neo-Legia.

Back in 2012, as a result of Ville de Liège's bid to organise an international exhibition for 2017, an exceptional site was chosen to host the Expo: the Coronmeuse peninsula. Despite Liège not being selected to organise this Expo 2017, it was decided by the authorities of the Ville de Liège to continue the procedure initiated and to develop the Coronmeuse site into an eco-district.

Computer-aided design: Coronmeuse Eco-district © Neo Legia

As part of the rehabilitation of the Coronmeuse site, SPAQUE has just started the remediation of the former shipyard, located along the Coronmeuse quay in Liège. This area, polluted with PAHs, mineral oils and chlorinated compounds, 27 trees have been removed. New green spaces will be created as soon as the work is completed. The entire project is also giving pride of place to vegetation, since nearly 600 trees and 4,000 shrubs will be replanted on the site by the consortium in charge of the project: Neo Legia. The rehabilitation of this site is financed by the Fonds Européen de Développement Régional – FEDER (European Regional Development Fund), Region Wallonne and the Neo Legia consortium.

The project consists of the in-depth redevelopment of this 25-hectare piece of town, strengthening the landscape values, reserving the site for soft modes transports, building a model eco-neighbourhood, respectful of the living environment of its future inhabitants as well as that of the other neighbourhoods. The open spaces (park, gardens, waterways) will eventually represent 78% of the total surface area of the site.

In terms of green areas, the trees in the Astrid Park and on the Quai de Wallonie will be preserved. The Île-aux-Osiers quay, which is currently undergoing a tree-cutting phase, will be transformed into an urban pedestrian area and embellished with a new row of marsh oaks and other shrubs.

Read the original version of this article in French at RTC Liège's website.

RTC Liège is one of the twelve public broadcasters catering to the French speaking community in Belgium. The channel's basic mission is to provide information, entertainment, cultural development and continuing education for the populations concerned by encouraging community participation across Province de Liège.

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