• Capabilities: Sustainable Urban Development, Transportation Planning
  • Sectors: Ports and Industrial Infrastructure

Feasibility study for redesign of the Churchill site

Antwerp, Belgium - Commissioned by the Antwerp Port Authority, Arcadis investigated the possibilities of turning the old Opel site, also called the Churchill site, into a business park with shared facilities and a testing ground where companies can fully develop innovative ideas.

88

hectares

Innovation testing ground

The Churchill site offers opportunities for innovation, circularity and industrial symbiosis

The Churchill Industrial Zone project site is an accessible multimodal site with an area of ​​approximately 88 hectares. The zone is located in an industrial area and close to the largest integrated petrochemical cluster in Europe. This makes it possible to interact with existing companies and suppliers.

Arcadis investigated what site conditions the site must meet in order to attract the right parties, how companies can maximize cooperation, what needs there are in the field of utilities to make this project possible - with a testing ground - and how it can be optimally integrated into the redevelopment plan. The Port of Antwerp attaches great importance to innovation, energy transition and employment and is specifically looking for companies that share this vision and are cluster-strengthening. Arcadis also provides expertise in the areas of spatial design, utilities and industrial symbiosis.

 Marian Lauwers: "The Churchill site has a lot of potential as a business park of the future. We are very proud to be able to participate in a future project of this size, together with a client who wants to seize opportunities in terms of innovation, circularity and industrial symbiosis.

Arcadis also sees ports as nodes in the circular economy. Residual materials for one company can be gratefully accepted as raw materials for the other. This is best if the companies, via a port community, are already cooperating and if the business park is sufficiently large and varied. Innovation through industrial symbiosis does not have to be limited to waste or exchanging materials, other utilities may also be considered: exchanging steam, energy, heat, all grades of grey water in all types of composition and temperature.”




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88

hectares

Innovation testing ground

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Marian Lauwers

Consultant Master Planning & Sustainable Urban Development +32 473 87 12 96 Ask me a question
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