Sweco was commissioned by the City of Bruges to investigate the spatial and traffic development potential of the South Bruges area. Given the size and location of the area, it can be considered as an urban leverage area for the Bruges region.
Period: 2015 - 2016
Client: City of Bruges
The potential for integrating innovative manufacturing companies on the site, as well as for creating a new urban residential area with supporting programme in the area of the station was investigated. The proximity to the city centre is extremely relevant to this. Furthermore, the city council has the ambition to develop this area as a southern green lung for the city of Bruges. All developments examined were held against the light of the potential solutions for this southern area of the city.
Sweco carried out a design study wherein a vision was developed for parts of and the whole of the South Bruges area on the basis of several parallel sub-studies. The research included a spatial and a mobility component.
Initially, on the basis of the assessment, existing and planned developments in the region were identified and listed. On the basis of this, pre-conditions were determined which played a role with regard to these developments. Ambitions of private and public parties were identified. Based on these insights, spatial development scenarios were developed which clearly indicate at what level choices need to be made. The spatial component built up scenarios from the functional and programmatic interpretation of the site. Global and detailed research was combined into an insightful study, which extensively documents the development directions for the area.
In a second, traffic related component, initial research was carried out on the current accessibility of the area. From the spatial development scenarios, potential solutions for mobility in the area and the southern accessibility of Bruges were defined. A mobility test assessed whether the possible spatial developments and traffic generation that these entail are proportionate to the capacity of the access. The result of the study is a robust strategy that establishes a frame in which different spatial and access scenarios can be made through development. From the study, an informed vision on the intervention near Steenbrugge Bridge can be formulated and the city can set out a long-term strategy for South Bruges.