In collaboration with B-architects and Arcadis, OMGEVING produced an urban development plan for the train station area of Ghent Dampoort, one of the most complex mobility nodes in Flanders. The plan builds on the results of OMGEVING and MINT’s preliminary study from 2013. The preferred scenario from this study includes an underpass of the city ring R40 near the station. This scenario puts maximum emphasis on a high-quality connection of sustainable transport modes and on the quality of the public space above ground. The plan was commissioned by the City of Ghent and drawn up in close cooperation with the project partners De Lijn, Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer, Department of Mobility and Public Works, NMBS/SNCB and Infrabel.
The project area includes three sub-zones: the zone north of the station, the transferium and the zone to the south. In the transferium, the aim is to achieve an optimal connection between the different modes of transport. The new bus and tram station layout will provide an easy connection between train, tram and bus. In addition, there will also be a spacious bicycle parking area on the second floor above the station, linked to a passage for the F40 bicycle highway. In addition to the mobility infrastructure, the urban development plan sets out the outlines for new building possibilities in the three sub-zones and specifies ambitious objectives with regard to the organization of the public area. For example, two new park zones will be created in the northern and southern zones, and the transferium will include a new lowered quay square at the turning basin.