The project

A new sustainable, innovative, model district

Lying south-west of Esch-sur-Alzette, between the town centre, the railway and the French border, the "Lentille Terres-Rouges" terrain has not been developed since 1977. The project known as "Rout Lëns" (meaning "red lentil") is planned to give new life to this disused former steelmaking area by converting it into new sustainable, innovative, model district. 

Prime focus on
quality of life

Focused primarily on its residents' quality of life, the 10.5 hectares of the new Rout Lëns neighbourhood will contain a school, local shops and services, flexible and innovative work spaces, different types of housing, public facilities (transition centre, day nurseries, etc.), leisure facilities (sports grounds, cafés and restaurants), public areas and green spaces. In a concern to preserve and enhance the industrial heritage, several buildings of particular interest will be refurbished.

Four challenges
for the district

The Rout Lëns project is part of a long-term vision designed to assist or even anticipate developments in constantly-changing lifestyles.

01

Making people central to the project

developing a new urban district dedicated to the quality of life and well-being of its inhabitants, residents and users alike

02

Protecting the environment

an all-embracing, integrated, ambitious approach to the environment

03

Forging links

creating a vital bridge between the town centre, the Grenz-Hiehl district and the Gaalgebierg: fostering a friendly, active neighbourhood life; reconciling the city with nature

04

Enhancing industrial heritage

refurbishing the site's most outstanding heritage, and combining it with high-quality contemporary architecture to give it a unique cachet and strong identity

The main phases of the project

drag

feb .

2019

feb .

2021

Clean-up of the site

mar .

2019

apr .

2019

participatory process Citizen's survey

apr & may .

2019

participatory process Participatory workshops, 27 April and 11 May

dec .

2019

dec .

2020

Phase 1 of the PAP procedure

end

2020

First building applications submitted

2021

Servicing work carried out

end

2021

Excavation and construction work begins

by end

2024

First buildings delivered