APCOA’s Royal-Hamilius car park opens to the public in Luxembourg
The new, multi-storey underground car park has opened its doors
Situated below Place Emile Hamilius, the new underground parking facility provides spaces for 628 vehicles
In close collaboration with the City of Luxembourg and CODIC, APCOA is responding to strong demand for parking spaces in the heart of the city
Stuttgart / Luxembourg – APCOA PARKING Group opened 27 September 2018 its new Royal-Hamilius multi-storey underground car park in the centre of Luxembourg City. Thanks to APCOA, visitors to Luxembourg’s city centre now have 628 new parking spaces at their disposal, in a modern, safe and highly functional environment.
Philippe Op de Beeck, Chief Executive Officer APCOA PARKING Holding and Detlef Wilmer, Managing Director of APCOA PARKING Deutschland GmbH, which played a key role in the new car park’s development, are delighted that residents and visitors to central Luxembourg will now be able to experience APCOA’s exceptional services. Together with Thierry Behiels, CEO of CODIC International, and Lydie Polfer, Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, they inaugurated the latest addition to APCOA’s family of multi-story parking facilities after the ceremonial cutting of the red ribbon. The festivities were also attended by Patrick Goldschmidt, the alderman responsible for mobility, and Serge Wilmes, 1st alderman and responsible for economic development and trade.
“The inauguration of the Royal-Hamilius underground parking facility marks the opening our first multi-storey car park in Luxembourg, in the heart of Luxembourg City, in one of the country’s central mobility hubs. The car park has thus been designed to provide a seamlessly integrated, innovative parking solution. In addition, the advanced traffic management system that we developed jointly with the city will help further optimise traffic flows in the city centre, and efficiently guide drivers directly to their designated parking spaces”, said Detlef Wilmer.
“For the City of Luxembourg, the opening of the Royal-Hamilius underground car park crowns the important first stage of a major urban development project. Accessibility to the heart of the city will be greatly improved by these new parking facilities, as will access and use of public transport and soft mobility(i.e. human powered, non-motorised mobility) options. With the creation of these 628 new parking spaces, 400 of which are reserved for the general public, the total number of available parking spaces in the city centre will increase to 3,400, with a total of 14,000 in the City of Luxembourg as a whole”, explained Lydie Polfer.
An initial, but major first step
The underground parking facility is one of the key features of Royal-Hamilius and has been developed beneath the building complex. The multi-storey car park has six levels and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The spaces are modern and bright, and include the ample provision of parking spaces for women and families, as well as parking for people with reduced mobility. The underground car park has six parking spaces with electric vehicle charging points.
“We are proud to of the fact that this trend-setting, premium, multi-storey car park is now available to the public. Visitors will appreciate the high level of comfort, and enjoy a pleasant and convenient parking experience thanks to the extended range of integrated services”, said Wilmer.
Car park and art gallery in one
“In addition to fulfilling its primary function as an underground car park, this facility also serves as an art gallery. In keeping with the uniqueness of the project, the walls of each parking level have been decorated with works of art, thereby enriching the urban street art scene and making the car park well worth a visit for the art alone”, said Mayor Polfer.
The new, multi-storey car park is not only home to desperately needed parking space, it is also the first extraordinary art installation to be made accessible in the public space of an underground car park. Six artists, Valentina Canseco, Gaëtan Henrioux, Kosta Kulundzic, Dorothée Recker, Axel Sanson and Lise Stoufflet, designed exclusive frescos for each of the underground car park’s six levels. The frescos were unveiled during the opening ceremony and can now be viewed by visitors to the car park, thereby combing the functionality of an underground car park with the artistic flair of a public art gallery.
“For me, art and architecture are inextricably linked. I want their interplay to be a distinguishing feature of CODIC International’s projects. Royal Hamilius is a work of art in its own right: the architects, Foster & Partners and Tetra Kayser & Associés, have designed remarkable facades featuring only the highest quality materials, while the interiors have been designed by Nathalie Jacoby and her team of young designers at Njoy. Tobias Link is creating an absolutely magical Royal Hamilius at night. Landscaping will be meticulously planned and the main business areas will be flooded with light thanks to the property’s glass roof. CODIC International has been involved in every detail, from the Sky Restaurant to the multi-storey car park”, explained Thierry Behiels.
Royal-Hamilius is an iconic development, creating a unique combination of retail, offices, apartments and gastronomy in the heart of Luxembourg City. Major retail brands, including the classic French department store Galeries Lafayette and the media, leisure and cultural retailer Fnac have taken major leases and will soon be opening their first ever stores in Luxembourg. Royal-Hamilius will also be home to the Sky Garden, a rooftop garden and restaurant with panoramic views over central Luxembourg.