At the 20th EPA (European Parking Association) Congress, the car park company Interparking was awarded the Best New Car Park Award for the Confluence car park in Namur, due to the "quality of its facilities."
Every two years, the EPA rewards the quality of public parking structures and services.
Interparking's Confluence car park, with 670 spaces, opened on 30 June 2021 in Namur. As the name suggests, it is located at the confluence of the Sambre and the Meuse, on the emblematic site of the Grognon.
The car park consists of 4 underground floors of 5,000 m2 each.
It extends up to 12 metres below ground level (9 metres below the level of the Meuse and Sambre rivers). Working in rock and water was quite complex, reported Le Soir.
The car park was therefore designed as a floating boat anchored in the rock. To compensate for the water pressure, no less than 400 anchors were placed in the rock to guarantee the stability of the structure.