Maas stated: “Opening up the Lisdorfer Berg is an important milestone in the implementation of the Industrial Areas Masterplan Saarland – the available land potential with its excellent transport connections, such as here via the new section of the B 269 to the A 620 and the French A 4 motorway, has offered us the opportunity of creating a large number of new, modern jobs near the River Saar.”
Works on the 67 hectare site are now steaming ahead. The dimensions involved are impressive: enormous masses of earth are being moved, a channel up to 60 m deep is being laid to join the River Saar, and 16,500 m² of roads are being built.
1.2 million cubic metres of earth are being moved, as sand masses are excavated and re-laid. The subsoil is ideal, consisting of a sandy weathering horizon (weathered subsoil layer), sandstone and rock, and by re-installing the soil three level plateaus are being created. Almost one million m³ of soil mass has already been installed.
The drainage works are also in full swing: Two seepage and storage reservoirs with surface areas of 5,500 m² and 7,300 m² are currently being created, into which the rainwater will seep to a very large extent. In order to divert the remaining quantities of rainwater away from the area, the specialists at gwSaar are developing a pipework system 1,350 m in length which will flow into the River Saar at Lisdorf. For this an impressive boring process will be used to install a channel up to 60 m deep, with pipes 2 m in diameter being used. The boring has already been completed except for the last few metres. Further boring beneath the motorway towards the River Saar is currently in preparation.
The rainwater will be conducted from the channel via an open cascade into an absorption pool at the foot of the Lisdorfer Berg. (An absorption pool is the term used in hydraulic and structural engineering for a pool designed to collect run-off water.) This pool will be drained by means of further boring to create a channel beneath the motorway towards the River Saar, with the discharge point into the Saar being located between Wadgassen and Lisdorf.
In August the teams are starting to construct the infrastructure required for the huge construction site: 16,500 m² of roads will be built between the plateaus, while the rainwater drains, sewers and the supply lines for water, gas, electricity and street lighting will be laid. A new water tower is being built to supply drinking water to the area. Thus step by step the construction site is turning into an industrial and commercial area ready for occupation. The site development works are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
Thomas Schuck, CEO of gwSaar, said: “When gwSaar selected the new development areas, we took account of crucial criteria including the location, transport connections, ecological sustainability and the largest possible sections of land being available, so that we could do justice to the needs of modern companies in terms of industrial areas. By opening up the new area we are creating the prerequisites for Saarland to continue to be an attractive economic location.”
In parallel with the development works, gwSaar is also busy marketing the area. Several companies have shown great interest and are seriously considering settling at Lisdorfer Berg. This is not surprising, because with the excellent transport infrastructure via the new section of the B 269 to the A 620 and the French A 4 motorway, the site is in the optimal location. This makes the future industrial area Lisdorfer Berg especially attractive to companies in the production industries and logistics sector. In addition, the size of the area will make it possible to accommodate a wide variety of requirements from investors, for instance in terms of the size of the sections of land available.
The preparation of the Lisdorfer Berg as a settlement area is taking place as part of the Industrial Areas Masterplan Saarland:
In order for Saarland to be able to fully utilise its location advantages in the future too, as well as doing justice to the needs and requirements of modern industrial companies and remaining an attractive working and economic location, larger contiguous areas have to be developed for industrial settlement. This is backed up by the EU-funded Industrial Areas Masterplan Saarland, which was approved by Saarland’s regional government in 2007 and has the objective of developing four large industrial areas totalling over 264 hectares at different prime locations in Saarland by 2020. SHS’s subsidiary, gwSaar, has been entrusted with the implementation and marketing. RB