Rotterdam / Mechelen, September 27, 2016 - Design agencies KCAP Architects&Planners, Arcadis and OKRA are selected by the city of Mechelen to draw up the masterplan of the Ragheno site. This centrally located business park will be transformed into a new, sustainable city district for living, working and recreation. The 78 hectare area is designated as a strategic project within the Spatial Structure Plan Flanders. Located near the railway station and city centre Ragheno is an important link between several urban renewal projects in Mechelen and existing neighbourhoods. The team, led by KCAP, was selected from seven other parties.
In recent years, Mechelen has become a popular environment to live, work and relax. To support this growth, the city is developing a new neighbourhood on the Ragheno site. The area is located east of the city centre, a fifteen minute bike ride from the St. Rumbold’s cathedral and in immediate vicinity of the railway station. On the property, the central workplaces of the Belgian railway company will be retained, as well as a mix of business, sports and living.
The KCAP, Arcadis and OKRA team will be working on a masterplan for the further development of the area. The plan aims to achieve higher residential densities, a concentration of offices at public transport hubs, a design of collective public spaces including a park and aims to strengthen social and programmatic mixing. In addition, the city of Mechelen aspires to be a climate-neutral, sustainable neighbourhood and will use the ‘BREEAM Area Development’ certification process.
The project includes urban research, several studies in the field of mobility, structure and design of the public space, the integration of Smart City measures and soil, water and energy studies. Furthermore, the masterplan seeks to create a balance between the needs of the city, as well as those of the land owners and current users and residents in the area.
Jeroen Dirckx, associate KCAP Rotterdam and project manager: "The city of Mechelen has a progressive vision towards its urban development. Following the upgrading of the city centre, the station project and the tangential road, the Ragheno project is the logical next step in the ambitious transformation that Mechelen, as a ‘growth city’, experiences. It is a challenging task where we can add a new type of work-live environment to the city."
KCAP Architects&Planners is an internationally operating design firm specialised in architecture and urbanism. KCAP holds offices in Rotterdam (NL), Zurich (CH) and Shanghai (CN) and works with a staff of 85 professionals. KCAP is led by five partners: Han van den Born, Kees Christiaanse, Ruurd Gietema, Irma van Oort and Ute Schneider. Since its founding in 1989 by Kees Christiaanse, KCAP has grown to be one of the leading offices for architecture and urban planning in Europe and Asia.
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.
OKRA is an award-winning design office for landscape architecture and urbanism. Over the last twenty years OKRA has focused on the transformation of cities and landscapes for the people who use them. OKRA has extensive experience in defining frameworks for urban development, design public space, master planning and strategies. OKRA is a multi-disciplinary team with more than 20 international professionals working enthusiastically with partners and clients to create a better environment.
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