On Saturday, 28 April 2018, the new Marconi STIB tram depot was inaugurated in the presence of (from left to right):
- Laurent Hacken – Deputy head of cabinet of Céline Fremaul, the Minister of the Brussels-Capital Region in charge of Housing, Quality of Life, the Environment and Energy, and also director of the STIB
- Thomas Ryckalts – President of the STIB board of directors
- Pascal Smet – the Brussels Minister of Mobility and Public Works
- Boris Dilliès – Mayor of Uccle
- A representative of Interreg Europe – the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
- Brieuc de Meeùs – STIB CEO
and in the presence of the authors of the project:
- ALTIPLAN°architects, architect
- Sweco, engineering firm
- Transmo, expert in rail transport
and the contractors in charge charge of the construction works:
- Franki-Construct and Kumpen
Located on the borders of the Brussels communes Uccle, Forest and Drogenbos, the 27.000 m² depot has a total of 22 tracks, allowing 75 trams to be parked there. It also has a maintenance hall and an administrative building housing the operations and technical departments.
During its construction, particular attention was paid to the building’s architectural quality, its blending into its surroundings and also to its environmental footprint.
The tram depot was also constructed as part of the European “Tramstore 21” project, a partnership of tram-operating European cities formed with the aim of constructing tram depots in Brussels and the other partner cities (Rotterdam, Dijon, Blackpool) which blend in with their surroundings and comply with sustainable development principles.