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Projects

AGORA – your location developer

Projects

Our task is to revitalise former industrial sites and plan, develop and successfully market lively new city quarters. In addition to developing the approximately 120 hectares of Belval, we are also currently carrying out a feasibility study for the development of the further former steel production site in Esch-Schifflange, also in southern Luxembourg.

Belval

Since the year 2000 AGORA has been developing a modern urban quarter on the former steel works site in the south of Luxembourg. Today within the boundaries of the districts of Esch-sur-Alzette and Sanem one of the most ambitious urban development projects in Europe is being built on an area of 120 hectares.

A new city quarter with a unique mix of places to work, study, research and live is being created on what was once the site of Luxembourg’s biggest ironworks with one very special feature:  parts of the former industrial site are being retained, and will be uniquely integrated in the new concept. Thus the two remaining blast furnaces not only bear witness to a long-gone era, but are also landmarks of the New Belval. Here up to 7,000 people will be able to live and up to 25,000 work, research and study. 

Link to the Belval website

Esch-Schifflange

Steel was produced and processed on the site between 1871 and 2012. The investigations cover the 54-hectare production site, parts of the "Schlassgoart" ground as well as a further 8 hectares that belong to the Fonds du Rail (rail fund).

A feasibility study, in which the municipalities of Esch-sur-Alzette and Schifflange are also involved, is currently being carried out into the conversion of the location. As part of this study, in 2017 more than 100 experts carried out the initial investigations. As well as an historic environmental balance of the site, other tasks included over 1000 soil samples, investigations of watercourses and biotopes, and technicial, urban development and market-based analyses. Based on these initial diagnoses, a further phase of the study was launched in September 2017 with the aim of providing specific technical and urban development recommendations for the conversion of the site. These will also form the base for an urban development competition, which will probably go to tender at the end of 2018.

Eight working groups from various divisions are currently involved in the feasibility study. They are controlled by the following committees: one committee controls and validates the technical studies; a strategic committee defines the urban development and market-based guidelines, and a coordinating committee that consists of the government, the municipalities and ArcelorMittal. The latter is also responsible for the political strategy.

You can download the results of the first phase of the feasibility study in French here - PDF, 8.3 MB.