Ministry gives go-ahead for Royal Hamilius
(CS) Luxembourg's Ministry for the Middle Classes has approved plans for the Royal Hamilius project, following the green light by a court in late September, which ended a legal dispute surrounding the project.
Minister Françoise Hetto-Gaasch on Thursday received architects, contractors and representatives from the City of Luxembourg to discuss the plans for the Royal Hamilius project.
Largely responsible for the retail sector, the ministry's approval was needed for the shopping centre plans to move ahead.
Under the plans the current Hamilius bus station will receive a major overhaul, with nearly a full block between Boulevard Royal and Rue Aldringen to be demolished and replaced with a 38,500 square metre development, featuring shops, offices, restaurants and housing.
The bus station meanwhile will be turned into a large public square, with buses to be diverted via adjoining streets.
Designed by Foster + Partners, the project had sparked a long legal dispute with local residents, who had opposed the construction of the mall.
After several delays a Luxembourg court finally green-lighted the project in late September. The ministry's final approval on Thursday should mean that construction work can begin in early 2014.
In a statement, the ministry said that it had “supported this exemplary project” from the beginning, not only from a commercial point of view, but also because it expected to add “dynamism” to the capital, for locals, tourists and visitors alike.