Recently, the city of Leuven installed the long-awaited benches on the renewed Herbert Hooverplein. The benches are the proverbial icing on the cake of the transformed place in the center of the city. The square is now a pleasant, green and car-free city square with space for terraces and events.
The new benches have a design that is specifically tailored to the square and the ground-level fountain depicting the medieval town plan. The benches are made out of eco-friendly concrete elements with wooden seating on top. The choice by the city of Leuven for this type of concrete is very deliberate.
“With this process we can convert a waste stream into a useful product. Waste becomes a raw material, that's a good example of a circular economy. And you save up to 75% cement, which also gives you a CO2 saving of 75%.” Dirk Vansina, alderman of public works.
The eco-friendly concrete was developed by ResourceFull, a project partner in the URBCON project. The start-up also has its origins in Leuven.