Coal preparation plants get a second life

Beringen is home to the largest industrial heritage site in Flanders, unique in Europe. Here, two imposing coal preparation plants get a new life: heritage and nature merge within be-NATURE.

From abandoned mine
site to international
crowd-puller

Over the past ten years, the former Beringen mine site has undergone a true metamorphosis. Under the name be-MINE, it has turned into an attractive and economically valuable tourist and recreational site with plenty of experience and leisure opportunities. One important piece is still missing from this beautiful heritage puzzle: the sustainable, supported, and innovative interpretation of coal preparation plants 1 and 3.

be-NATURE as
a guiding principle

In the development of be-MINE, we adhere to the be-NATURE principle: local nature is given every opportunity to flourish and nestle among the industrial heritage. This creates a sustainable, green site full of flowers. 

Follow be-NATURE
closely

There’s lots of activity around the Beringen mine — yesterday, today and tomorrow. Would you like to stay informed about the news related to coal preparation plants 1 & 3? Or take part in our activities?

2021

2021

  • Launch of be-NATURE in coal preparation plants 1 & 3
  • Greening of the residential master plan
  • Opening of the school STRAF!
  • be-MINE PIT
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2021
2020

2020

  • Restoration of coal preparation plant 4
  • Restoration of the water tower
  • Opening of bike experience centre Velotril
  • Consolidation of unloading floor 3
  • Integration of Vestal communication
  • Greening of the site I be-NATURE concept
  • Corten steel promenade and experience meadow hoist frame
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2020
2019

2019

  • Opening restaurant MIA MENSA
  • Restoration of the hoist frame at coal preparation plant 1
  • Event location in former power station
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2019
2018

2018

  • Forecourt redesigned as events plaza
  • Heritage project ‘be-MINE PIT’ approved by Limburg Provincial Council
2018
2017

2017

  • Opening of mountain bike trail on Adventure Mountain
  • Opening of United Experts
  • Restoration of coal preparation plant 2
2017
2016

2016

  • Opening of Adventure Mountain
  • Opening snorkelling and diving centre Todi
  • Opening indoor climbing hall Alpamayo
2016
2015

2015

  • Opening retail park be-MINE boulevard
  • Opening of Sporenpark residential care centre
2015
2014

2014

  • Start of the housing project on the former Houtpark
  • Opening Sportoase be-MINE Beringen
2014
2013

2013

  • Opening of the new tourist reception
2013
2012

2012

  • Start-up of NV be-MINE with LRM, CIRIL and Van Roey Vastgoed as shareholders
2012

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