The preliminary design for the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat in Mechelen is finished

The preliminary design for the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat in Mechelen (Belgium) is finished. Residents and stakeholders could get an insight into the design plans via an online webinar. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the refurbishment of the shopping street will start after the building trade holidays in 2021. The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat is to become a greener shopping street where it is pleasant to stay.

At the end of April, the city of Mechelen organised a webinar for the second time. OKRA presented the preliminary design in a video in which project leader Tom Wierts commented on the plan. There also was room for discussion with stakeholders via the online webinar platform and for questions from residents that were answered by the mayor and aldermen and Tom Wierts. In this way, the city of Mechelen and OKRA want to stay in dialogue with all stakeholders when physical meetings are not possible.

Pedestrian-friendly shopping street
The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat will be a movable and car-free shopping street. It is the wish of local entrepreneurs and the city of Mechelen to make the city centre greener and more climate-proof. Flexible use, seasonal experience, softening and extra buffers for rainwater are important principles in the design.

Climate-adaptive cities
OKRA uses sustainable technical solutions to make cities climate-adaptive, resistant to recent climate developments with periods of extreme precipitation and periods of extreme drought and heat stress in the summer. These techniques were also applied in Mechelen during the redevelopment of the old Melaan canal. For the application of these techniques in the redevelopment of the city centre of Nijverdal, OKRA was awarded the Water Resilient Cities Award 2019.