Ancient Cistercian site in ruins, the Abbey of Aulne is located in the picturesque valley of the High Sambre.
By good weather the site knows an important tourist frequentation due to its proximity with the huge urban centre of Charleroi. The study aims at the tourist valorization of the external site of the enclosure of the abbey. It counts a lot of landscape and patrimonial elements of high quality : an old mill, ponds, old fish ponds, an island on the course of the Sambre river, a lock and a stopping, vast forests and a wonderful scenery. The study proposes a full change of the whole of the site in order to confer it a better quality. The real development on the island will allow the tourist activity throughout the year. The refitting of the roadway systems and of the public spaces will give a more convivial image to the site. The installation of landscaped carparks integrated into the site will make it possible to welcome the numerous visitors.
Location : Thuin et Fontaine-l’Evêque (Belgium)
Project ownership: Centre d’Ingénierie Touristique de Wallonie (CITW) et intercommunale IGRETEC
Client : Traces TPI Belgium