This project in the capital of the Walloon Region, Namur, is designed to convert a former industrial site into a residential complex. The project aims to benefit from the river Meuse running alongside. It also has the advantage of being close to the river-shuttles, the station and the motorway, providing excellent access for its future occupants. Ecological construction and low energy use are two of the characteristics of Port du Bon Dieu (the common name given to this site).
In September 2014, the show apartment of the residential ‘Port du Bon Dieu’ project in Namur was officially inaugurated by Atenor CEO Stéphan Sonneville. He spoke of this being the crucial moment when a project comes into contact with its occupants. Explaining why his company had decided to invest in Namur, Stéphan Sonneville alluded to it being the capital of Wallonia, and thus set to benefit from the sixth reform of the Belgian State. He also said Namur is a city with a vision, which makes it easier for a company such as Atenor to work here. With its river, its Citadelle, its cultural amenities and quality of life, he also said it was an attractive place for people to come and live.
The choice of this district revolves around the fact that it reflects the way Namur is evolving from a semi-industrial area to more of a mixed use philosophy, and ‘Le Port du Bon Dieu’ is set to provide landscaped facilities around, for the benefit of all Namur residents. By adapting the canal banks into pedestrian walkways, making access to the Ravel cycle route once again possible, adding quality restaurants and shops, and with the calming presence of the water and the green areas, this district takes on a real human dimension.
Namur mayor Maxime Prévot has confirmed that that a partnership with a private developer is essential to a redevelopment on this scale. He has said the project is obviously good for both partners, and that a development of this size enables the full potential of a previously under-estimated district to be realised. He also added that the Port du Bon Dieu project fits in with the city’s desire to improve the entrance to Namur and to benefit from the rehabilitated river banks.