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Widening of the railway tracks at the ‘Belval - Mills’ train station
G. D. of Luxembourg


The railway company is currently rehabilitating the train station at ‘Belval – Mill’ in Luxembourg. Steel sheet piles have once again been chosen as a retaining wall for the new quay structure. Indeed, a new cantilever retaining wall has been installed in a few weeks time just a couple of meters behind the old structure that was built early in the 1980’s..

Fig.1 New sheet pile retaining wall (on the right) Fig.2 Artistic view of the new train station


Though the soil borings showed the presence of compact marl at shallow depth, the installation works progressed in a timely manner without any difficulties. This is the result of a judicious choice of the combination sheet pile section and driving method:

  • the pre-drilling of a hole, followed by a granular fill, loosened the soil at the location of the sheet pile wall
  • in order to guarantee a good driving speed, the choice of the sheet pile section was paramount. In collaboration with ArcelorMittal Commercial RPS’s technical department, the design engineer opted for the PU 18-1.0. Its high stiffness allowed it to be driven with a vibratory hammer at least 1 m deeper than the pre-drilling, which guarantees sufficient embedment of the toe of the pile, and minimizes the deflections of the retaining wall
  • the existing sheet piles stayed in place for quite a long time, but they could be extracted with the same vibrohammer even though the soil consists of cohesive material. Their excellent state of preservation will allow the contractor to reuse them as temporary retaining elements in future projects. 

Fig.3 New steel sheet pile wall (on the left) located behind the old sheet pile retaining structure

This project constitutes a good example of how steel sheet piles can contribute to cost-effective foundation solutions, and above all, to the preservation of the environment: after their service life steel elements can be reused in other projects or they can be recycled for the production of new steel products.

 Project owner Ministère des Transports et Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois
 Project manager  Milestone Consulting Engineers S.à r.l.
 Architecte  Atelier d’Architecture et de design Jim Clemens
 Driving company  Baatz Constructions S.à r.l.
 Steel sheet piles  PU 18-1.0, S 355 GP, 3.10 - 9.25 m
 Quantity  331 t