DEME's environmental subsidiary DEC begins soil remediation works at former Eandis site in Kortrijk

ZWIJNDRECHT - KORTRIJK | DEME Environmental Contractors (DEC) has started soil remediation works at the former Eandis site in Kortrijk. The brownfield project at the Menenpoort is redeveloped into a residential and green area with underground parking. The 1,5 hectare site is part of a large-scale urban renewal project in Kortrijk, stretching from the Leie to the nearby Astrid park.

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The remediation of the former Eandis site in Kortrijk is part of a general demolition and remediation project in which utility company Eandis tackles a total of 9 former factory sites. Besides Kortrijk, these sites are located in Eeklo, Herentals, Mechelen, Willebroek, Ostend, Ronse, Tielt and Veurne. All the works are carried out by the temporary joint venture G2G (Gasfield to Greenfield) representing a partnership between Sita Remediation and DEME Environmental Contractors (DEC).

The soil of the former Eandis site in Kortrijk is, among other things, contaminated by tar, a residue of gas extracted for years from cokes. From mid-June 2016, after the demolition works, DEC will start with the excavation of the soil. The contaminated soil is removed and processed in DEC's soil recycling centres in Zeebrugge and Kallo.

Dirk Ponnet, General Manager DEC Flanders: "The works in Kortrijk are delicate and quite complex, due to the many underground pipelines and cable passing through the site. After the demolition works, trenches will be excavated to move the present utility infrastructure. During the soil remediation works, we will naturally keep the future development of the area in mind, of which the framework has been established in cooperation with the city council."

Once the soil remediation works have been completed, the site is sold to a developer who will carry out the urban renewal project. In cooperation with the urban development agency Arch & Tech, a design development plan has been developed to this end. Potential buyers are immediately in possession of an allotment permit.

Wout Maddens, Urban Planning and Urban Renewal Kortrijk: "Thanks to DEC's work, we will transform this old, contaminated urban wasteland at the edge of the city into a green, beautiful residential area. This will give the city renewal of Overleie a new boost."

The soil remediation works at the former Eandis site in Kortrijk will take place until late 2016. 

Marleen Vanhecke
Communications DEME Group
M + 32 486 49 01 09

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