TM ROCO consortium wins €2.35bn Belgian road contract

WCN Editorial Team 7 Jan 2021 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Lantis, as a client for the Oosterweel Link, has awarded a €2.35bn contract to Tijdelijke Maatschap Rechteroever Compleet (TM ROCO) consortium for the construction of the Right Bank sub-project in Belgium.

TM ROCO is a consortium of Belgian construction companies BAM Contractors, Besix, Cordeel, Deme, Denys, Franki Construct, Jan De Nul, Van Laere and Willemen Infra.

The new project, through the Oosterweel intersection, will form the connection between the Scheldt tunnel and the R1 ring road, in the Northern and Eastern directions.

The construction of the Oosterweel link aims to completely close the R1 ring road around the city of Antwerp.

The link, which consists of several sub-projects, will help to improve the city and the port’s accessibility, reduce congestion on the southern part of the ring road and increase traffic safety.

It is also expected to provide a good transit route for freight traffic and improves the quality of life in the Antwerp region.

The Antwerp ring road R1 will also be constructed completely in a cutting and partly covered and the Merksem viaduct will be taken down and the urban landscape will undergo an extensive metamorphosis into a contemporary green and socially sustainable environment.

According to Besix, it is required to construct a temporary new R1 to the East of the existing R1 ring-road to support the completion of the project.

Besix said: “The Right Bank sub-project is of a size and complexity never seen before in Flanders.

“ROCO is therefore particularly proud to win this contract, as civil construction companies need such projects as a boost and a stepping stone for the further development of their expertise, something the export will also benefit from.”

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TM ROCO consortium wins €2.35bn Belgian road contract. (Credit: BESIX.)  

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