Eiffage to transform Belgian station
By Mike Hayes24 May 2021
French contractor will use BIM to create vast new roof for restored station in Ghent
Eiffage is set to play a major role in the restoration and extension of the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station in Ghent, Belgium.
Subsidiary companies of the French contractor – Antwerpse Bouwwerken and Valens – will lead a consortium undertaking a project, on behalf of Belgian national rail operator, NMBS/SNCB.
The total cost of the project is reported to be close to €100 million, with Eiffage’s share valued at €86 million.
One of the most significant elements of the project is a huge new roof, which will cover seven of the station’s platforms. The contractors’ construction method will include logistical processes based on a dynamic BIM model, while building operations will need to be phased, as the station will remain operational throughout the works period.
Eiffage said the BIM model “will provide an overview of logistical movements, such as the removal of demolition and earthwork debris or the supply of construction and raw materials, so that the construction process can be organised to keep the works’ impact to a minimum”.
The Eiffage-led consortium will also undertake a partial redevelopment of the station’s ground floor and the first underground level. Solar panels and integrated heat pumps will also be installed to enhance sustainability.