Contract for Partial Project ‘Right Bank of Oosterweel link’ officially signed

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LANTIS, as Client for the Oosterweel link, and the temporary partnership Tijdelijke Maatschap RechterOever COmpleet, abbreviated to TM ROCO, officially signed the contract for the partial project ‘Right Bank of Oosterweel link’. This project was awarded to TM ROCO on 5 January 2021.

The partners in TM ROCO are the Belgian construction companies BESIX, DEME, Jan De Nul, Cordeel, Denys, Franki Construct, Willemen Infra, Van Laere and BAM-Contractors.

Link between Scheldt tunnel and R1

The partial project ‘Right Bank of Oosterweel link’ connects, through the Oosterweel node, the Scheldt tunnel and the R1, both in a northerly and easterly direction.

The R1 will be deepened over its entire length and partially covered, so that the Merksem viaduct will disappear and the urban landscape will undergo a thorough transformation towards a contemporary green and socially friendly environment.

In order to achieve this in the shortest possible time, it is necessary to temporarily construct a new R1 to the east of the existing R1.

Showpiece for the civil engineering sector

The partial project ‘Right Bank of Oosterweel link’ has a scope and complexity that is unprecedented in Flanders. TM ROCO is therefore particularly proud to have been awarded this project in a context in which civil construction groups need such projects for their relaunch and as a stepping stone for the further development of their expertise, which should also benefit exports.

TM ROCO is convinced that it has the necessary special techniques at its disposal that are required for this large-scale project, which is a showpiece for the civil engineering sector.

The contract that has been concluded will lead to an operational approach based on openness, cooperation and trust between LANTIS and TM ROCO.


BESIX Group SA is a global player and the leading group in Belgium in the field of construction. Active since 1909, the group is based in Brussels and operates in Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, Africa, North America and Asia. Its achievements include the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest tower, the buildings of the European Parliament in Brussels, and the Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt’s largest construction since the pyramids. In 2020, the Group achieved revenues of EUR 2.7 billion. BESIX has about 12,000 employees active in 25 countries on 5 continents. For more information:

About DEME

DEME is a global leader in dredging, solutions for the offshore energy industry and infra marine and environmental works. The company boasts over 140 years of knowledge and experience. DEME is active in all seas and continents and has 5,200 employees worldwide. With a versatile and modern fleet of over 100 ships, the company offers solutions for even the most complex projects. DEME achieved a turnover of 2.62 billion euros in 2019.

About Jan De Nul Group

Design. Build. Connect. Jan De Nul Group shapes water and land. Worldwide. From complex services to the offshore energy and energy transition sector, over large dredging and defence works on the edge of water and land, to challenging civil and environmental works. Well integrated competences and investments lead to creative, sustainable and innovative solutions. In this way Jan De Nul Group delivers results that produce satisfied customers. Not only today, but also tomorrow.

About Cordeel Group

The Cordeel Group is an independent familal construction group, founded in 1934. It offers customers the capacity of a major player and combines this with the personality and authenticity of a family business. The Cordeel group has offices in Belgium (Temse, Hoeselt and Liège), the Netherlands (Zwijndrecht, Vlissingen), Bulgaria, France, Germany and Serbia. The Cordeel group does not only include the well-known contractor Cordeel, but - among others - Imtech Belgium, the NLT Pivaco Group and Building Maintenance Services are part of it. Our disciplines include major industrial works, utility construction and civil engineering works. With around 1,850 employees, we realize construction projects at home and abroad. This results in a turnover of more than 700 million euros per year. The construction group Cordeel is a vertically integrated group that has many disciplines in-house. Think of the production departments C-Concrete (precast concrete), C-Metal (metal works) and C-Wood (wood constructions).

About Denys

DENYS has evolved into an international construction group employing 2000 people and strives for organic growth. This growth model is based on three pillars : diversification, innovation and internationalization. Denys doesn’t innovate in one specialism, but as a total business in several disciplines : water, energy, mobility, infrastructure, refurbishment, civil engineering, special techniques and other specialized building techniques. In each of those complementary areas of expertise, Denys has confirmed its position as a niche player and has shown itself to be a global reference with high added value. In order to provide maximum space for that diversified growth, Denys has been working steadily on expanding internationally. The world is Denys’ building site, especially within the markets of infrastructure, water works (complex projects in potable water supply and water treatment) and renewable energy such as high pressure pipelines and cable infrastructure. The Denys Group, a preferred partner for the most complex building projects and infrastructure works.


Executing complex civil engineering works and thinking up customised solutions in the areas of design, construction, financing and maintenance are what Franki Construct does best. It can rely on in-depth file knowledge and tons of experience. The A11 between Bruges and Knokke-Heist, the raising of the bridges over the Albert Canal and the renewal of the Ring around Aalst are just a few of their many realisations in civil engineering. In addition, Franki Construct builds stations with accompanying railway infrastructure and parking buildings and executes numerous projects in (heavy) industrial construction. Franki Construct is part of the Willemen Groep, with 2,300 employees one of the largest family building groups in Belgium.


As a leading road builder and asphalt and concrete manufacturer with four regional branches and various asphalt plants, concrete plants, and recycling sites, Willemen Infra carries out infrastructure works all over the country. Their order portfolio varies from concreting or asphalting motorways to paving and sewerage works. The company is also strongly represented in the (air)port sector and the petrochemical industry. Quality and safety are essential here, as is their carbon footprint. Willemen Infra is constantly on the lookout for more efficient and sustainable production methods. Their concrete and crushing plants spread across the whole country convert building waste into COPRO-approved aggregates, which can be reused in new roads. Just like Franki Construct, Willemen Infra is part of the Willemen Groep.

About Van Laere NV

Since its foundation in 1938, Van Laere has grown into a stable, multidisciplinary Antwerp class 8 contractor. Through a no-nonsense approach, based on years of expertise, customer orientation, integrity and team spirit, Van Laere realises projects in civil engineering, schools, car parks, utility buildings, residential and office buildings. Thus, Van Laere is involved in the construction of the lock in Terneuzen and the ZIN project in the Northern Quarter of Brussels. In order to realise challenging projects in the future, Van Laere focuses on new techniques, sustainability and circularity in the broadest sense of the word.

About BAM Contractors

Day after day, our BAM employees help shape a better environment. This is also summarised in our baseline: Together we create space. We achieve this through the realisation of railway works, roadworks, tunnels and bridges that increase the safety and mobility of road users, and industrial projects that contribute to economic prosperity. With such expertise, we are also profiling ourselves as the best partner in the realisation of extensive and complex projects. Our national coverage also enables us to guarantee a close service to both our public and private customers. Multidisciplinary, sustainable and reliable; that is BAM Contractors to a tee. BAM Contractors is part of Royal BAM Group. Take a look at our website