Renovation of the Regenswald Peninsula
The Regenswalder Halbinsel (Peninsula) has always been a sinister and poorly maintained area of Dillenburg.
Untill 1953 it was used by the military, as naval port and barracks for the 17th and 23th infantry brigade.
These units were replaced to outside the city and the military basis was destroyed,
except for 2 19th century barracks which are still used by the military.
After that the area was quickly built with a variety of incoherent buildings leading to a cluttered layout.
The location of the peninsula is highlighted in red on this 'map' of the city center.
Here you can see the many parkplaces that were constructed to make use of the wasteland,
the Football stadium, the gray housing estates, and in the north the 19th century barracks.
It is located closely to the city center, and has great potential.
Some time ago the City Council, in co-operation with property developers decided to use this potential.
You will witness the remarkable change this area has been subjected to.
The first phase of the plan is to tunnel the main avenue in the middle.
It's heavily used and it can't be closed so whilst the tunnel is being built the avenue needs to be redirected.
In order to do this several old buildings (the cable factory, the truck dealership, the hotel and the housing estates)
need to be distroyed. These buildings are highlighted in red.
When this was done, the temporary avenue was constructed and the old avenue was destroyed to make place for the tunnel.
The new route of the avenue is highlighted in blue.
The masterplan is getting along nicely now. The temporary avenue has been constructed, and the tunnel has been built.
The next part consists of destroying the old stadium and the elementary school to make place for future buildings.
It's time for the last phase of the plan. The temporary avenue has been removed, the foundations
for the new buildings are getting along nicely and now it's time to destroy the last buildings of the old peninsula.
The final result:
The totally new and renovated area now consists of some highrise office buildings, some appartments,
a department store, an art gallery, a visitor's centre, some parks and a city council building.
The north end of the tunnel.
The art gallery.
Thanks for viewing and I hope to see all of you back next time!