Eco District RIVES ARDENTES Launched in Liège
200 units of Belgium’s largest eco-district located in Liège, are for sale. From 1-bedroom flats to single-family homes, the units on offer will meet the needs of young couples, seniors or even families looking for islands of greenery. This ecological, sustainable and 100 % Belgian project, called “RIVES ARDENTES”, led by the NEO LEGIA consortium, composed of the developers CIT Blaton, Jan De Nul Group and Willemen Groep, is a unique project in Belgium. Entirely dedicated to soft mobility, it includes numerous green spaces open to the public – more than 80% of the site – and a new marina that will be able to accommodate nearly 80 boats. Ultimately, this model district in terms of sustainability will house up to 2700 inhabitants.
The beginning of this year marked the starting point for the first phase of the RIVES ARDENTES real estate project, which will ultimately cover an area of 25 hectares – the equivalent of 37 football pitches. A total of 1325 housing units will be developed : flats, individual houses, cohousing units and kangaroo houses, but also offices, a home for the elderly, a hotel, shops, a marina and its harbour master’s office, and of course green spaces. The difference with other projects is that the latter will be open to everyone. The inhabitants of Liège and the surrounding area will not only be able to walk around in these spaces, but also along the marina and the Meuse River. A mixture of water and nature, a first for a real estate project of this kind, designed entirely by Belgian design offices (town planners, road planners, engineers and architects) including BUUR, GESPLAN, LUMILUX and ACHER, SYNTAXE, AAST, ARTAU and ALTIPLAN, and developed in partnership with the City of Liège.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this new district is that no cars will be allowed on the site. The whole project revolves around soft mobility. All parking space for cars will be situated underground. The RIVES ARDENTES site, located 5 minutes from the city centre of Liege, can count on public transport services, bus, boat and tram.
Open spaces such as parks, gardens, vegetable gardens and waterways will represent a little over 80% of the total surface area of the RIVES ARDENTES site. There are very few comparable projects. The initiators of the project wanted to take advantage of the location of the banks of the Darse to create a new marina, which not only meets the need for space for boats that can no longer moor in the port of Liège, but also provides the inhabitants with a new place to live, walk and entertain themselves.
The City of Liège supports the RIVES ARDENTES project, not only because it rehabilitates the Coronmeuse site but also because it proposes the creation of a genuine new ecosystem, sharing a social and urban planning point of view.