A new stylish and green getaway in the heart of Belgium’s countryside

04 Jun 2021

On May 28, the Terhills Resort was successfully opened. Tractebel is very proud to have been able to take part in this wonderful and sustainable project, that is an important investment of approximately 100 million euros by LRM and operated by Center Parks. As client, LRM resolutely opted for ecological principles.

The Terhills Project was realized in a close-knit team, on the basis of a sketch design by Zeelenberg,  commissioned by LRM. The multidiciplinary office at Tractebel was further developed as the main designer in collaboration with architect Buelens, architect Craps and landscape architect LST. The hospitality functions were designed by Creneau.

What used to be a coal and gravel extraction site has now made way for an extremely green vacation park, right next to the Hoge Kempen National Park. Since the 90s, first Center Parcs and then LRM have completely revitalized the area, allowing nature to take its course. This has created a place where man and nature can find each other in a unique way.

At the Terhills resort, you’ll find 250 cottages that provide a premium vacation experience featuring stylish furnishings, for two to twelve people. And for maximum comfort, the Country Club - a beautiful building with panoramic views - gathers the Terland restaurant, a kids club and indoor playground, a workshop area a small supermarket, the Cycle Center and the reception. It also gives access to the Aqua Garden: an indoor pool with rapids, a children's pool, a jacuzzi, and an outdoor infinity pool.

The resort's electricity supply is based on 100% renewable energy, 30% of which is generated locally by two solar panels parks. The energy supply of the cottages is entirely on electricity so no local emissions are generated. Also, all modes of transportation in the park are electric: service cars, boats, golf carts, shuttles, etc. An electric power supply was also chosen for the stove in the cottages. 100% of the rainwater is infiltrated locally via the canals and existing ponds. The central swimming pool is heated by a CHP (combined heat and power) installation.

Besides the energy supply, the park itself is entirely fossil-free. The floating panels were recently completed and a modular timber frame was chosen for the construction of the vacation homes. The soft integration with the water ensures an effective water-friendly area.

The project has three lots: the houses, the central facilities and the infrastructure works. On the execution side, Willemen took care of the entire management, forming a temporary commercial company with Machiels Building Solutions for the houses. For the infrastructure works they worked in partnership with Aertsen.

LRM as developer of the site took care of the global overview and continued to play an active role in this project up to and including at the delivery of the working park.

The project was tightly managed in terms of time, budget and quality and the result is the pride of many. And the integration into the green Limburg landscape has been praised by many. It is, in our opinion, a success.

Will you enjoy it too? Terhills is ready! 

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