Realisations

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerpse Bouwwerken and Antwerp Central Station: more than 16 years of fruitful collaboration

In Antwerp the decision was taken to spotlight a listed 19th century jewel, in contrast to Liege which went for a new station. While Liege Station is horizontal, that of Antwerp is vertical, spread out over three levels, two of which are underground - one for the metro and the other for international services.

Ranked the world's 4th greatest railway station by US Newsweek readers (behind London St Pancras, New York Central Station and Victoria Station in Mumbai), Antwerp Central Station celebrated its official re-opening on 25 September 2009.

This marked the end of a collaboration lasting more than 16 years, begun in 1992 with the restoration and stabilisation of the 100 year-old dome, needed to allow high-speed trains to pass through the station.

Various projects followed in subsequent years: the provisional station, the shopping area, new platforms, finishing work. From 1999 to 2002, Fondedile (also an Eiffage Benelux company) was responsible inter alia for placing the slurry walls. In May 2007, the tunnel and car parks were themselves inaugurated, representing a historic moment for Antwerp station: the conversion from a terminus to a through station, thus allowing direct connections to the Netherlands. As in numerous other major European cities, Antwerp now has a full north-south link.

Antwerp has now become a meeting place and hub for international travellers, a place where they can check in for their flights from Brussels Airport.

Constructor(s): 
Antwerpse Bouwwerken
Developer: 
SNCB-NMBS / EUROSTATION
Project duration: 
1992-2009