A shopping centre integrated into the future multimodal station
In Namur a wide consensus – both commercial and political – has become established around the 20,000 m² shopping centre project proposed by City Mall and named ‘Le Côté Verre’. Representing a link between the main thoroughfare and the station district, this urban shopping centre project will benefit from the relocation of the current bus station to locate on the Leopold square. Wide footpaths will be a major feature along with rest areas, and the number of parking spaces will be doubled to almost 1,000.
With its mix of glazed architecture and green spaces, this project is set to breathe a new dynamic into the Walloon capital and should attract consumers from outside of Namur, which will thus see its urban retail offering coming up to the level it deserves.
The approval of the permit request is expected for April 2015, and the opening should take place in 2017. Maxime Prévot, the Mayor of Namur, announced in the press last year: “This shopping centre is of reasonable size and should augur well for the shops on the Rue de Fer” (the town’s main shopping street), he explained in the press. “And in addition, it should be able to offer the medium and large size units which retailers can’t find in the centre of Namur”. Patrick Huon of City Mall detailed: “Le Côté Verre will engender a good flow of people in an area where the current car park represents a destructive wall”.
The project for the new multimodal station in Namur which was adopted by the Walloon government in 2012 will enable various modes of transport to come together on a single platform: car, bus and train. The new bus station will be constructed directly on the covering of the railway station by 2014. The project which integrates ‘Le Côté Verre’ is an architectural success with shelters for the bus access ramp which will be located to the rear of the shopping centre towards the future bus station.
According to CityMall, 70 % of the future retail units are currently under negotiation with interested retailers.