The first phase of the consultation process for the redevelopment of the Place Sainctelette area has begun. Residents and users of the Place Sainctelette and Place de l'Yser area can now give their views on the current situation and send in their proposals for the future redevelopment of the square.
A call for projects was launched in 2018 for the complete redevelopment of the Place Sainctelette area, from the double bridge to Place de l'Yser. The Ter, Karbon and Arcadis consortium won the contract with a project that focuses on a quality public space and pleasant place to stay, while strengthening the multimodal role of this junction on the axis between the Botanique and Basilique. Residents are asked to give their opinion on the concrete implementation of this project.
The goals of the project
- By widening the double bridge over the canal on both sides, a pedestrian esplanade will be created to provide a better connection between the Quai des Charbonnages and the Avenue du Port/Quai des Matériaux.
- A new open forecourt will be added in front of the K-nal museum by eliminating the service road and shifting car traffic from the Petite Ceinture to the centre.
- The two lanes per direction are retained, but take up less space, so that the distance to cross the Petite Ceinture will be much shorter.
- The Place de l'Yser will be reorganised to give more space to active modes and the Green Promenade in Maximilian Park will be extended to the Quai du Commerce.
- Various mobility options are being studied to pedestrianise the banks, in collaboration with the City of Brussels, which is working on the Pentagon traffic plan.
- Along the entire length, from Place Sainctelette to Place de l'Yser, there will be a green pedestrian walkway where people can enjoy strolling.
- Two-way cycle paths will be made safe for cyclists on both sides.
- The Yser tram stop will be moved to improve transit.
The objectives of the project are ambitious, it is now up to the population to determine how they will be implemented in practice. The consultation is taking place in three stages.
A questionnaire will be posted online from 22 February to 28 March 2021. Staff will also submit this questionnaire to users and residents of the neighbourhood in the field at the end of February. In addition, online co-construction workshops will also be offered in March with local associations, institutions and economic stakeholders. So it is a real participatory process that will be carried out to obtain qualitative feedback. And this process can be carried out on the spot, with a smartphone that reads the QR codes, or from your sofa at home.
All the information is available on www.sainctelette.brussels.