ZÜBLIN Timber awarded timber construction contract for Gare Maritime in Brussels
Aichach, 11 October 2018 The international general contractor CFE Bouw Vlaanderen has awarded to ZÜBLIN Timber GmbH the timber construction works for the restoration of a former freight station in Brussels. Situated on the former industrial site Tour & Taxis in the heart of the Belgian capital, Gare Maritime consists of seven interconnected historic train sheds that have been transformed by Extensa Group into a large office, retail, restaurant and event complex.
Gare Maritime once was Europe’s largest freight station: around 45,000 m² of space measuring 270 m in length and 140 m across. The highest point of the roofs for the three main sheds is 24 m high. Here ZÜBLIN Timber will build twelve four-storey all-timber buildings consisting of large ribbed slabs (cross-laminated timber slabs on glued laminated timber ribs) on top of a supporting structure. In the centre of each building, there will be a large staircase and utility core of cross-laminated timber as reinforcement. In ten months of construction, ZÜBLIN Timber will install 9,000 m³ of wood, thereof 6,000 m³ of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and 3,000 m³ of glued laminated timber (GLT).
Timber construction by ZÜBLIN Timber: all from a single source
The contract for the 100 % subsidiary of Ed. Züblin AG covers both the BIM.5D®-based design as well as the construction and assembly of the timber structure. The large amount of wood and the related logistics and organisation are a unique challenge in this project, as is the coordination of the design and build works in the tightly structured schedule.
“Thanks to the innovative BIM-based design and planning methods, well-coordinated interfaces and modern products, we can easily deal with the task at hand,” explains Martin Schimpf, project manager at ZÜBLIN Timber. The Aichach, Bavaria-based company stands for innovative and pioneering solutions in the field of timber construction. It is a single-source provider for the development, production, delivery and execution of timber construction systems – from structural frames to timber engineering to turnkey construction.
A covered village in the middle of the city
When finished, Gare Maritime will be more than just an ensemble of buildings. It will be a roofed village, with plenty of green, offering enough space for retail, restaurants, businesses and public events. With tree-lined avenues, parks and squares, the lively urban neighbourhood will make a wonderful place for a stroll with a controlled climate that is matched to the individual seasons. Historic heritage coupled with an innovative architectural concept, a successful blend of work and leisure facilities – that should create interest not only among the local population but will likely result in Gare Maritime becoming a new tourist attraction in Brussels.