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12.10.2020
Towers of the citadel gondola lift installed by helicopter

installed by helicopter, in Belgium

This Tuesday, october 6, 2020, the inhabitants of Namur were able to observe from the docks of the Sambre river the helicopter transportation of the pylons on the esplanade of the Citadel, the arrival station of the future tourist gondola lift of the Walloon capital.

It is a spectacular operation that was successfully carried out in the historic center of the Belgian city: the installation by helicopter of 3 of the 4 towers   on the Namur fortress massif. A delicate and complex operation due to the urban and heritage environment site.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, it took less than 4 hours for the team, made up of a dozen COMAG experts, experienced in mountain exercise, to carry out the operation. After 21 rotations of the Super PUMA helicopter to transport the elements, the towers were erected, the gallows and the pebbles laid.

This open-air construction site, especially in the city, attracted the attention of curious people, the area was secured during all the operations .  The Namur gondola lift is POMA’s first project in Belgium and will open for the beginning of the tourist season in the spring of 2021. It will allow locals and tourists to access the esplanade of the Citadel, crossing the Sambre and enjoying the views of the old city filled with history.

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In 2017, the Namur municipal college awarded the construction of this gondola lift to the POMA, Franki and Labellemontagne consortium. POMA is responsible for the design and construction of the cable car and will support Labellemontagne  for operation and maintenance.

Technologically, this “cable car” is a pulsed gondola lift, with two trains of three cabins each accomodationg  six passengers, which ascends in 3 minutes. This technology is particularly well suited to tourist transport with compact stations and guaranteeing optimal acoustic comfort for both users and residents.

Operation in pictures

Helicopter transport in Namur

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technical specifications

of the Citadel Gondola lift

  • Length : 352 m
  • Difference in elevation : 102 m
  • Number of stations : 2
  • Speed : 6 m/s
  • Capacity : 290 – 408 pph
  • Number of carriers : 2 trains x 3 cabins
  • Number of vehicules : 6
  • Number of passenger per vehicules : 6
  • Total travel time : 3’30 min
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sources : L’Avenir, RTLinfoLeSoir+

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Laying of the foundation stone for

gondola lift on La Réunion

On Friday, 20 September, the municipal association CINOR (Communauté Intercommuncale Du Nord de la Réunion) and the FILAO-Group (Atelier Architectes, POMA and Egis) have celebrated the beginning of the constructions works for this project on La Réunion.
The first urban ropeway on the island will streamline the traffic, particularly dense today, and encourage more sustainable modes of travel.

Télécabine urbaine POMA Réunion

Gérald Maillot, president of CINOR, laid the foundation stone in the presence of the mayor of Saint-Denis, Gilbert Annette, and the president of the Region, Didier Robert.

Interconnected

AIR TRANSPORT

With a length of 2.68 kilometers, the gondola lift will link the Chaudron district, located east of downtown Saint-Denis, to the neighborhood of Bois de Nèfles north of the city via the Moufia district. A 14-minute trip with 3 intermediate stations.
The 46 cabins with 10 seats will ensure a capacity of 1,200 people per hour and per direction. Perfectly integrated into the existing public transport network, the gondola lift will be in intermodality with the future Guided Regional Transportation Network (RRTG) project and with the Integrated Modern Transport Network (RITMO) project supported by the City.

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A project supported by

THE LOCAL POPULATION

Developed in perfect consultation with the local population and elected officials, the ropeway received a strong support during public consultations. 84.9% of those surveyed said the project was useful and 74.9% said they would use the cable car to work and play.

The project will be completed by 2021. The budget of the operation amounts to 54 million euros, including 11 million euros spent on operation and maintenance for 5 years.

In Saint-Denis of Reunion already a second line is under study, to accompany the construction of a tramway and thus complete the public transport offer of the city. The President of CINOR also speaks of a global network of 5 lines for the city of Saint-Denis.

Télécabine urbaine POMA Réunion
Laying of the foundation stone for

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For many years POMA has been chosen to provide capsules for observation wheel projects, such as the London Eye in London or the High Roller in Las Vegas, delivering engineering expertise and strong project execution.

This latest award further demonstrates the ability of the company to innovate and design the right engineering solutions that ensures a safe, effective and cost-efficient project delivery. The world's tallest observation wheel will peak at 250 meters (doubling London Eye’s height) and will offer a tremendous panoramic view on the Dubai landscapes.

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Télécabine urbaine POMA Réunion
Laying of the foundation stone for

gondola lift on La Réunion

On Friday, 20 September, the municipal association CINOR (Communauté Intercommuncale Du Nord de la Réunion) and the FILAO-Group (Atelier Architectes, POMA and Egis) have celebrated the beginning of the constructions works for this project on La Réunion.
The first urban ropeway on the island will streamline the traffic, particularly dense today, and encourage more sustainable modes of travel.

Located in the popular tourist town of Zlatibor, within the municipality of Čajetina in Serbia, this new 9-km gondola lift has eclipsed the previous record-holder, the Tianmen Shan cable car (China) measuring 7.4 km. The total journey time is 25 minutes and treats passengers, skiers, hikers and walkers to breathtaking panoramic views of Zlatibor and its golden pine-covered mountain slopes, which gave the mountain its name (‘zlatni’ meaning ‘golden’ and ‘bor’ meaning ‘pine tree’ in Serbian). A project that is part of continuity since POMA had already participated in 2007 in the Tornik ski resort modernization by installing the first detachable chairlift of Serbia.

Tourist activities on offer

NEAR ALL STATIONS

The line connects the tourist hub of Zlatibor to Tornik’s summit, which peaks at an altitude of 1,496 metres. Zlatibor, also known as Kraljeve Vode (‘King’s Water’), has been a renowned Serbian tourist resort since the 19th century, particularly prized for its climate, its setting and its snowy slopes.
This new gondola lift is part of the overall drive to strengthen and diversify the region’s tourist attractions. Around the downhill resort in the centre of Zlatibor, the municipality is planning to build the biggest adventure park of the Balkans (1,000 m²); it will offer numerous leisure activities, such as zip wires, hanging bridges, tobogganing and climbing.

The middle station at lake Riničko, halfway between both terminals, will accommodate the forthcoming high-end tourist resort of ‘Gold city’, which will provide water-based activities, sports and recreational facilities to the 1 million European tourists expected over the next 10 years. Zlatibor is setting its sights on becoming Serbia’s top tourist destination.

Lastly, the resort at the terminal located on Zlatibor’s highest peak will not only offer outstanding views of the surrounding landscape and mountains from its scenic view-point, but will also invite visitors to hit the ski slopes in winter, such as mountain biking in the summer, and test their limits in an extreme-sport environment.

An ecological

APPROACH

POMA supported Zlatibor in its efforts to respect the local environment in particular, designing and building the gondola lift to satisfy numerous ecological standards. The municipality of Čajetina aims to become the first Serbian municipality to reach European ecological standards by 2020.

Opting for a gondola lift was fully in line with this approach, since it is currently one of the ecological means of transport available. It will reduce the number of vehicles travelling to Tornik and therefore cut CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.

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