A 25-ha welcome zone!
Liège Trilogiport is a trimodal logistic area of 100 ha located along the Albert Canal, which includes a 15 ha container terminal and a 40 ha logistic area. From early stages of development, a peculiar attention was paid to well-being and quality of life. A considerable effort was made to preserve about ¼ of the total area of Liège Trilogiport as nature area, with more than 25 hectares dedicated to a green welcome zone.
This area is a buffer between the logistic platform and inhabited areas. In this zone, community gardens, biking paths, walking areas, Ravel (network of cycling and walking tracks), fishing docks, wetlands promoting biodiversity … coexist through a state-of-the-art environmental approach which was developed in collaboration with residents’ representatives. Also, a hill landscape will fulfil the role of acoustic and visual buffer zone. But the welcome zone will be design as a place of interaction between the port and residents, much more than a curtain to hide activities. The hills that have been created will allow to integrate the future multimodal platform in the current landscape by rendering the traditional features of the Meuse area (landscape of valleys).
In this regard, it is important to emphasize the strong will of project stakeholders, who committed to combining economic development, respect for residents’ well-being and preservation of the pleasant living environment. For this purpose, the Autonomous Port of Liège and the Walloon Public Service committed to implementing the welcome zone before developing any other part of the multimodal platform.
The tendering process for these landscaping works started on 23 May 2012 and the following works have already been carried out:
- Building a fence at the foot of the hill and along the area dedicated to natterjack toads;
- Planting a flower field;
- Planting walnut and fruit trees (old varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries) in the flower field;
- Planting the hill with seedlings and tillers of local species (forest plants, rose seedlings and tillers);
- Trimming the existing hedges;
- Planting a hedge of local species (forest plants and rose seedlings) along the fence along the flower field.