In the 1950s, production began to decline. It ceased completely in 1977.
As “Lentille Terres-Rouges” was Esch’s first steelmaking site, it also became its first brownfield site.
Since its closure, the land, which is packed with potential, has attracted a number of regeneration projects. All of them have failed due to pollution issues. Since then, ArcelorMittal was commissioned to clean up the site. (Remediation work is underway and is expected to be completed in 2022.)
In September 2017, IKO Real Estate started to reflect on the site, taking into account the scale of the challenge involved.
In partnership with the municipal authorities and all of Luxembourg’s administrations and inspired by the participatory process put in place, the plans for the Rout Lëns neighbourhood are coming to life!
Today, the 10.5-hectare site, which will include 163,226m² of buildings, is rising from the ashes to become a sustainable, innovative and exemplary new neighbourhood!