When water comes to the surface and biodiversity revives

In order to meet the EU water quality and biodiversity objectives, the river Zenne/Senne will soon be reopened and naturalized – after being covered over in the 1860s – at the level of Maximilian Park in the Northern Quarter. By opening up the tunnelled river, its interaction with the air will lead to an increase in biodiversity and its visibility in turn will raise user awareness. We see this happening in various cities, but what is specific about this project is its location in a complex neighbourhood that is very heterogeneous both socially and spatially. Cooperation with local residents and associations active in the neighbourhood is therefore crucial for the success of the total renovation of the park. The concrete channelling tube of the river is preserved in the design of the Belgo-French design team and draws a straight line through the park on which a broad footpath is laid from the children's farm to the Vergote Dock. The Zenne/Senne itself sometimes leaves the tube, sometimes flows along it, following a natural course.

partners and actors
OLM paysagistes & urbanistes, Studie Bureau Jouret, HBAAT, Ouest, Dédale, AGT, IMDC, Vectris, Util, Zeugma, Rya, Eveka, UpCie, Brussels Environment, Brussels Mobility, City of Brussels
biodiversity, water
innovative aspects