Château Cockerill, 200 years of history
Classified as a monument and listed site by the Walloon Region in 1980 (with extension in 2008), the château underwent an extensive restoration campaign (exterior and interior) for almost a decade. In partnership with the Institut du Patrimoine Wallon [Walloon Heritage Institute], a book that retraces the history of the Château Cockerill, its restoration and its recent transformations, as well as that of CMI since John Cockerill settled in Seraing, has been published on the occasion of the bicentennial.
It’s no coincidence that this anniversary coincides with the end of the complete transformation of the CMI headquarters. This “Orangery – Château Cockerill – Park” complex bears the traces of the industrial past of an indefatigable company. For those who want to know more, this work tells the story of this transformation of a place rich in industrial tradition, firmly oriented toward the future.
A team of specialised authors has been assembled for this work: Christine Renardy, Doctor of History from the University of Liège for the historic portion, journalist Benoit July for the contemporary history of the CMI Group, and the architectural firms Henri Garcia and Reichen and Robert & Associés, respectively, for the restoration of the listed parts of the château and the construction of the Orangery.