SNCB assigns 2nd phase of the renovation of Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station to AB-VALENS-EEG

The temporary partnership (TP) Antwerpse Bouwwerken-VALENS-EEG was selected by SNCB for the conversion of Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station. The project is worth nearly EUR 100 million.

The station was designed by the SNCB and this project is part of the multi-year plan for (the surroundings of) Gent-Sint-Pieters station; a collaboration between the SNCB, Infrabel, De Lijn, the City of Ghent and the Flemish Region. This phase concerns a 2nd partial conversion of the station, specifically tracks 1 to 7 and the partial furnishing of the ground floor and level -1. In addition to the renewal of the tracks and platforms, a canopy will be provided that will connect to the previously renovated part of the station. Thanks to this new roof structure, passenger comfort is ensured in all weather conditions. Solar panels on the roof and the integration of heat pumps highlight the sustainable nature of the project.

The works on the station start with the conversion of tracks 6 and 7. By splitting the project into different sub-phases, the accessibility of the specific construction zones is quite a challenge. That is why, right from the start, the TP AB-VALENS-EEG relied on a well thought-out and efficient construction method, tested and based on a dynamic BIM model (Building Information Modelling). In this way, a visual model of the logistical movements such as removal of debris and soil, supply of various large construction materials and raw materials is provided, allowing for the efficient organisation of the entire construction process, with minimum impact on the station environment, which will remain in full operation.

In addition, the TP AB-VALENS-EEG is responsible for the complete finishing and technical equipment of this sub-phase.

Peter Winters, CEO Antwerpse Bouwwerken: “With this new contract we confirm our ambition to remain active in the civil engineering sector. We are very proud that we can help shape the conversion of Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station. In addition to the earlier construction of the temporary above-ground car park in 2005 and the construction of the underground car park in 2007, as well as the construction of the Diamond Building in Ghent on top of the station car park, which was completed last year, this is the fourth project that AB will be carrying out as part of the multi-year Gent-Sint-Pieters project.”

Pierre Wéry, CEO VALENS: “VALENS is very proud to be part of this ambitious renovation project of Gent-Sint-Pieters station, together with AB and EEG. It allows us to further accomplish our ambitions in the field of civil engineering and infrastructure works. After recent projects such as the renovation of the Hallepoort tunnel and the works on the North-South connection in Brussels, Gent-Sint-Pieters is a wonderful opportunity in the public transport sector.”

Christophe Van Ophem, CEO Eiffage Benelux: “This project fits perfectly within our ambition to be a major player in the field of low-carbon mobility. As with other projects linked to the development of public transport in the Benelux countries, we rely on our expertise in buildings, civil engineering and sustainable construction for this project too.”

Karl Neyrinck, CEO EEG: “We are delighted with this cooperation, which is fully in line with EEG’s strategy. In close consultation with the other parties, we use our expertise for the coordination and integration of all techniques. The focus on good preparation with far-reaching implementation of BIM and optimum planning is the binding factor in making this project a success. This is also the path that EEC wants to follow together with all its construction partners.”

Ombouw station Gent-Sint-Pieters

Ombouw station Gent-Sint-Pieters

Picture credits: NMBS 

About Eiffage Benelux

Eiffage Benelux is part of the Eiffage Construction division, operating in Belgium and Luxembourg through its 14
subsidiaries in construction, civil engineering, real estate development, hydraulic and environmental works, joinery and
industrial works. With a workforce of 2,000 employees, Eiffage Benelux generated revenue of EUR 645 million in 2020.

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About Antwerpse Bouwwerken (AB) 

With approximately 200 employees, AB is one of the largest branches in Flanders of Eiffage Benelux and realises an annual turnover of 100 million euros. As a general contractor, AB is active in both the private and public markets in civil engineering, residential construction, renovation and restoration.

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About Valens

As a general contractor in Buildings and Civil Engineering, VALENS has accomplished several emblematic projects such as the CHIREC hospital in Auderghem, The One tower in the European district and the renovation of the Hallepoort tunnel in Brussels. VALENS is currently building the new headquarters of BNP Paribas Fortis and the new headquarters of RTBF in TP. VALENS is the Brussels subsidiary of Eiffage Benelux, employs 230 people and has an annual turnover of 100 million euros.

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About EEG

EEG is the core of the EEG Group, a family group specialising in building services and operating throughout Belgium. EEG Group brings sustainable comfort to buildings by integrating technical installations, innovative technologies, energy management, climate control, sanitation, operational management, telecom & ICT, medical gases and medical equipment. The services range from design, installation, integration and maintenance to operation. And this for both simple and extremely complex projects.

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