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Limburg PPP proves its worth

A ‘Public-Private Partnership’ was the driving force behind the creation, development and success of ‘be-MINE’, a large-scale mixed-use project to convert a disused and abandoned industrial heritage site in the Limburg City of Beringen. Internationally, ‘be-MINE’ did not go unnoticed either, for it managed to win the much coveted MIPIM award in Cannes this year.

The ‘Beringen Coal Mine’ produced coal from 1922 until 1989. It was one of the seven mines in the Kempen coal-mining area. August 2009 saw the launch of ‘be-MINE’, a large-scale reconversion project with an investment value of more than 150 million Euros and respect for the site’s industrial legacy of buildings and machinery, acclaimed to be the best-preserved mining site in the country.

From among the 215 entries, ‘be-MINE’ was selected as 'Best Urban Regeneration Project 2017' at the annual global MIPIM real estate competition in Cannes. This particular category awards projects that contribute significantly to the development of a city and lead to social and economic progress.

Urban regeneration project

‘be-MINE’ is the result of the conversion of 32 hectares of mining land, including 100,000 m˛ of existing floor surface, into a tourist and recreational project, combined with residential, business and retail units. The ‘Beringen Mine PPP’ came about via the nv be-MINE, founded in 2009, though not on the basis of the traditional DBFM formula, but rather with urban generation/area development in mind.
The public partners were the City of Beringen, the Province of Limburg and the Flemish Government, the private partners LRM, Developers DMI Real Estate and Van Roey Real Estate.
The stately old mining buildings are now home to an interactive museum that brings the work above and below ground of yesteryear back to life.


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 | 25/05/2017


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