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Designing better cities and territories
Urban Design & Development
Environment and Climate Change
Transport & Mobility
Buildings and Complex Structures

With more than 100 years of experience in urban development and complex buildings, in mobility and transport infrastructure, our high-level engineering and advisory services offer added value across the full lifecycle of urban projects, from master plan and conceptual design to detailed design, work supervision and execution, also in the PPP-market.

Key Facts
  • Over 100 years of experience in urban infrastructure
  • Over 1000 urban experts worldwide
  • Over €150 million turnover
  • Over 600 ongoing urban projects in 85 countries

As Tractebel is aware of its social responsibilities and of the role it has to play in finding sustainable solutions in the fields of urban infrastructure, we offer smart, balanced and tailor-made expertise to our customers worldwide. Our urbanists and engineers design better cities and territories around the globe, in traditional services for contractors, public and private clients, but also in the framework of PPP - or BOT- projects.

As an example, Tractebel is supporting ENGIE in its urban ambitions in Australia. The 360° CITY SCAN was created to evaluate existing cities and territories, and to assess future development needs, for instance in order to define and shape the historic 50-year alliance to make Greater Springfield a net zero energy city by 2038


Click here to try our free 360° CITY SCAN now!

Areas of Expertise within Urban

Tractebel is helping to build the cities of tomorrow today.


Charles-Edouard Delpierre
General Manager Business Line Urban

Related References

Today, four billion people live in cities and urban regions, a number that is expected to increase by 50% to six billion by 2050. Responsible management and further (re)development of urban areas has become one of the most pressing and complex challenges of the 21st century. If well managed, cities offer the most relevant opportunities for economic development coupled with sustainable housing, (public) transport, green and water infrastructures, as well as enhanced access to facilities including fundamental services such as energy, health care and education, for large and growing populations. Providing all this for a densely settled urban population is typically more economically and environmentally efficient than providing similar level of services to more widely dispersed rural or even suburban populations.

Tractebel provides solutions to capture the opportunities while tackling the challenges.

Find out more about our World Wide Urban Development Strategy thanks to the following topics: territorial transition, urban resilience, productive landscapes, places of mobility, water urbanism, eco districts, recycling territories, smart networks, civic architecture, sustainability @work and digital urban solutions.

Our subdomains within this domain

  • Strategies & Policies for Cities & Territories
  • Energy Masterplans
  • District Heating/Cooling Systems
  • Micro-grids
  • Territorial Transition
  • Productive Landscapes
  • Water Urbanism
  • Civic Architecture
  • Public Space
  • Eco-Districts and Eco-Cities

Urban Design & Development Related References

Ensuring long-term sustainability for our working, living and natural environments: a widely shared and increasingly non-negotiable ambition. Still, its application to each project requires concretization and embedding in practice. In addition, different actors and stakeholders will more often than not entertain different interpretations and goals regarding the environment. As a consequence, not only communication but above all, real-world, concrete collaboration towards achieving environmental goals remains challenging.

Tractebel translates theoretical sustainability concepts into tangible project-specific approaches and tools. Addressing the needs of architects, engineers, planners, policymakers, developers, financiers and other (industrial) stakeholders. For us, (environmental) sustainability means reaching well-balanced and well-supported decisions, after considering societal needs and expectations along with legal and regulatory requirements, evaluating resource depletion and other negative effects, assessing opportunities and costs, and promoting innovation and long-term value creation for all stakeholders. We are committed to People, Planet and Prosperity.

Find out more about our expertise in climate resilience:


Our subdomains within this domain

  • Strategies, Policies and Governance for Sustainability
  • Urban Resilience
  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Procedural and Stakeholder Management
  • Environmental & social impact assessments & mitigation
  • Acoustics & vibrations
  • Waste management

Environment and Climate Change Related References

Prosperity and urbanisation place increasingly challenging demands on transport and mobility: people and goods need to move faster and in a cleaner and safer way. This requires intelligent and reliable transport systems and infrastructure, of increased effectiveness and efficiency, while reducing (negative) environmental, spatial and societal impacts. Complex transport needs must be optimally addressed with the most relevant concrete solutions, in their dynamic context as cities and regions of the future.

Tractebel provides consulting, engineering and design services for all transport modes: road, rail, water, air. Whether your needs are related to the infrastructure or to the flows, we can make it work for you.

Our subdomains within this domain

  • Smart & Sustainable Mobility
  • Transport & Mobility Modelling
  • Traffic (impact) Management
  • Roads & Highways
  • Airports & Transport Hubs
  • Bridges & Tunnels
  • Mobility & Masterplans
  • Urban & Heavy Rail

Transport & Mobility Related References

Tractebel favours an integrated, multidisciplinary and energy-efficient approach throughout the complete lifecycle of a building or industrial site. In close collaboration with our customers, we develop buildings that are conceived to satisfy current and future needs. As an engineering company we are specialised in structural engineering and special technics (MEP), as well as HVAC, plumbing and electricity. Being at the forefront of the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM), we closely interact with our clients, architects, construction firms and other engineering companies.

Building and energy efficiency are main drivers for our projects. Tractebel has developed competencies in the domains of energy efficiency (audits, master planning, certifications) and building efficiency (safety and security, acoustics and vibrations, fire safety). Moreover, in order to further expand its competences, Tractebel acquired in 2016 a majority stake in RED, an award-winning consultancy specialising in the design of innovative and low energy MEP services for data centres and commercial and hospitality buildings. Headquartered in London and with international hubs in Dubai and Singapore, RED also benefits from its Global Design Centre located in Manila. Find out more about RED on

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Our subdomains within this domain

  • Airport & Transport Terminals
  • Complex Buildings (data centres, hospitals, cleanrooms, etc)
  • Stadiums, Swimming Pools & Leisure Centres
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Commercial Buildings and Offices
  • Hotels & Residential Buildings
  • Development of (industrial) Sites
  • Smart Building & Energy Efficiency

Buildings and Complex Structures Related References

Geo-engineering is at the very core of our engineering expertise.  As one of the first steps in most engineering projects, the evaluations provide solid ground for appropriate and cost-efficient design, planning and rehabilitation.

Our subdomains within this domain

  • Siting & Geotechnical Engineering
  • Site Rehabilitation, Soil Remediation & Pollution Modelling
  • Master Planning & Engineering for Solid Waste Management

Geo-Engineering Related References