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Consortium Blue Open wins PPP tender development project Blue Gate Antwerp

17/02/2016

Blue O’pen consortium comprises the environmental and marine engineering group DEME and real estate and sustainability specialist Bopro. They will join a public-private partnership (PPP) converting the last urban wasteland at the southern edge of Antwerp

The City of Antwerp, ParticipatieMaatschappij Vlaanderen (PMV) and Waterwegen en Zeekanaal (W&Z) have awarded the Blue O’pen consortium the PPP tender to carry out the remediation, redevelopment and commercialisation of the historically polluted Petroleum Zuid site. Blue O’pen consortium comprises the environmental and marine engineering group DEME and real estate and sustainability specialist Bopro. They will join a public-private partnership (PPP) converting the last urban wasteland at the southern edge of Antwerp into a top location for eco-innovation.

Blue Gate Antwerp is a brownfield site located along the River Scheldt being redeveloped into a high-quality and water-bound corporate zone. The wasteland of 63 ha is located between the new Antwerp Court and the Hobokense Polder, close to Antwerp South. After the installation of the public-private partnership, the consortium Blue O’pen will start with the remediation and development of Blue Gate Antwerp. DEME Environmental Contractors (DEC), a subsidiary of DEME, hopes to complete the soil investigation in 2016 and apply for the necessary licences to commence the remediation of the site in 2017. On the historically highly polluted area various types of pollution will be eliminated, such as mineral oils, PAK’s and heavy metals. At the same time Dredging International (DI), another DEME subsidiary, will start the works on the infrastructure for the new corporate zone, whereby the site will be raised.

Alain Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of DEME comments:

“DEME is a pioneering company in both its brownfield approach and the PPP formula. This new cooperation fits into DEME’s strong cooperation strategy whereby, together with our partners, we search for a balanced relationship when approaching complex projects. For DEME, Blue Gate Antwerp is a key reference project in the home market and it confirms that our company is a reliable and experienced party and highlights our broad ranging capabilities to clients worldwide.”

In parallel with the remediation and infrastructure works, DEME’s consortium partner Bopro will start the sustainability direction and the marketing of Blue Gate Antwerp. The logistical zone has already been filled by three companies: Van Moer Stevedoring, Montea and CityDepot.

Peter Garré, Chief Executive Officer of Bopro says:

“For Bopro Blue Gate Antwerp is a priority dossier too as it fits into our vision of sustainable entrepreneurship in the construction and property sector. We are looking for companies who see the ambitions of energy efficiency, mobility and the radle-to-cradle approach as a supplement to the realisation of their own business strategy and as something that can lead to growth and CO2 neutral economic activity.”

The consortium Blue O’pen believes that the site’s location and this sustainable and innovative approach, will lead to Blue Gate Antwerp becoming an example of the industrial estate of the future.
The PPP will be introduced during the international real estate fair MIPIM in Cannes in March.

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