Residential development area Wijgmaal

TML supports 1010au and PREO with the preparation of a development plan for the residential development area Wakkerzeelsebaan - Ursulinenstraat in Wijgmaal. Hereby the ambitions for a sustainable development are translated into a feasible plan that gives priority to active traffic users.

The social housing company Dijledal wants to build on its lot in Wijgmaal - which is demarcated by the Wakkerzeelsebaan, Baron Descampslaan, and the railway - from 2023 onwards. Leuven’s spatial structure plan stipulates that a development plan must be drawn up for the entire Wakkerzeelsebaan - Ursulinenstraat residential development area before the individual subareas can be tackled. The aim of this assignment is therefore to draw up a development plan with an accompanying energy concept and development strategy. The design must be realised in participation with the stakeholders involved.

The result of this project is a report that contains elements on three scale levels.  At the scale of the planning area, an urban design, an energy concept and a development strategy are drawn up. Besides that, a mobility test is carried out that allows applicants for environmental permits to meet the requirements for reporting of mobility effects.
On the scale of the Dijledal lot, a more detailed development plan is drawn up with accompanying guidelines.
Furthermore, on the scale of the study area, recommendations will be made that can be included in the programme for the area-oriented initiative Wijgmaal core.

The project consists of four phases: in the exploratory phase, ambitions are laid down for the various domains. In the laboratory phase, tests are conducted with various spatial scenarios, driven by these ambitions. In the next phase, a prototype is created by measuring (using sustainability meters and key figures) and testing with the various consultative bodies. Finally, in the last phase, the prototype will be further refined and translated into a supported action plan.

Throughout the project, TML monitors the balance between traffic liveability and feasibility of the development plan. The ambitions in terms of sustainable modes are high for this planning area. On the other hand, Infrabel's ambition is to suppress the level crossings. Moreover, the new homes and functions will generate new traffic flows. TML searches for solutions that stimulate active and sustainable road users and investigates the feasibility within the framework of the existing traffic structures. In addition, TML is conducting the mobility test for the development plan.

The final report is expected at the end of 2021.




1010 architecture urbanism, Plant en Houtgoed, DUSS Explorers, PREO

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