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N°89 | Piushaven Tilburg: an inner city harbour development

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Lead Partner City of Tilburg
Contact Person Dr. G. Hauser
Position within organisation: Manager Public Affairs and Project Finance
Telephone number : 00 31 13 542 9711
Fax number : 00 31 13 542 9309
Email address :
Website :
Project type : Action and Investment for measures: Action project
Partners involved :
Relevant measure(s) : 1.1.
Total eligible cost (€) 34,000,000
Summary Top
The Piushaven area forms the link between the city centre of Tilburg and the parks and greenbelt areas on the east and south sides of the city. The Piushaven is a fragmented area in which residential blocks alternate with business premises. The Piushaven’s function as an actual harbour is extremely limited and is gradually diminishing even more. The lay-out of the housing in the area is small-scale; there are a number of large business premises that clash with their surroundings. The area is cut off by substantial barriers formed by the Ringbaan Oost and the Ringbaan Zuid (major ring roads) and the Wilhelmina Canal. The small-scale infrastructure is under heavy pressure. Green areas, water, and open spaces are plentiful. However, many green areas have no clear function and the spaces around the business premises are often in poor condition. There are also segments of open space without any clear function which tends to lower the quality of life in the area. The municipality’s view is that the Piushaven and its immediate surroundings should be turned into an area with a distinctive character with an attractive mixture of elements for living, working, and (water) recreation. The aim of the redevelopment of the Piushaven area is to create a usable harbour in direct proximity to the heart of the city. It is expected that this will also lead to a process of rejuvenation in the neighbourhoods around the Piushaven. There are many aspects to the project: in addition to redevelopment of the real estate and restructuring of the industrial areas, a combination of retail trade, catering, and recreation must be developed. The restructuring process will include plans to relocate several businesses. Reasons for such relocations include the safety of current and future residents. New forms of co-operation will also be created between the municipality, the owners, investors and project developers. The realization of the municipality’s plans for this area will result in a highly attractive environment in terms of living, working, and recreation. The Piushaven area has great potential due to its proximity to the city centre and the outlying suburb of Moerenburg, as well as to the presence of water and the harbour.The Piushaven area was selected by the Ministry of Housing, Regional Development and the Environment as one of 25 nation-wide City & Environment projects. These projects include a study into the best way to deal with the tension between the desired urban development and maintaining or improving the quality of the environment and the livability within the area. From this point of view the Piushaven area is regarded at both local and national level as a model project from which a great deal can be learned.
Objectives Top
Balanced Growth; Competitiveness and complementary city functions; and Sustainable urban development. This project concerns a common problem/opportunity. Other cities, both at home and abroad, that have disused harbours near the city centre will also have to consider revitalizing such areas as they have great development potential in all sorts of respects.
Outcomes Top
The creation of a lively ‘harbour quarter’ in order to add an attractive and unique area to Tilburg; Connecting the north and south sides of the harbour/canal, thereby creating a cohesive and practicable whole; Building up a natural relationship with the city centre which will enable both areas to profit from each other’s complementary programmes and public places; and Connecting the area to the surrounding infrastructure so that the living, working, and recreation programmes are made easily accessible.
Partners Top
cities&regions transport&it water&flood risks nature&heritage seas&ports