After having obtained the building permit for the redevelopment of the Brouck’R project in July 2021, the permit was suspended by the Conseil d’Etat/Raad Van State in April 2022. In consultation with Urban.Brussels and the Secretary of State, Immobel and BPI have decided to adapt the design of the Brouck’R project to optimise the plans, which consist, amongst others, in removing the roof volume from the design.
A dynamic redevelopment
The Brouck’R redevelopment entails the transformation of the former Allianz offices (38.000 m²) which overlook the Place de Brouckère in the city centre of Brussels. The sustainable mixed use Brouck’R project meets the present day demand for high-quality living and working environments in the city. The site is currently predominantly centred around office activities. By introducing a mixed use project, the region, the city, the developers and architects aim to truly transform the area into a multifunctional urban living space with a lively buzz and attract a diverse public bringing a new dynamic to one of Brussels’ most historic neighbourhoods.
An action plan with constructive solutions
Works had started in August 2021 and were halted in April 2022 in execution of the ruling of the Conseil d’Etat/Raad Van State to suspend the permit (except for limited interventions to ensure safety and stability on site and for the neighourhoud). After the suspension, all parties involved immediately took the initiative to address the situation in order to avoid an urban wasteland and very lengthy procedures with long term negative consequences for the Brussels city centre. “Even if we regret the situation caused by this suspension, our teams are putting extensive work into finding a creative solution that will turn this challenge into the remarkable project we always envisioned for this exceptional location.” says Jacques Lefèvre, CEO BPI Real Estate.
In dialogue with all stakeholders
Consultations with different stakeholders are taking place to come as quickly as possible with an adapted design for the project. “We do regret this situation. However we see this as an opportunity to learn from this experience. We are convinced that an open and constructive dialogue with all stakeholders involved will deliver positive solutions for the city, its residents and all of its users.” says Adel Yahia, Managing Director Immobel Belgium.
Jacques Lefèvre*, CEO of BPI Real Estate
+32 (0)2 661 16 82
*as representative of A.V. nv/SA
Caroline Kerremans, Head of Corporate Communications
+32 2 422 53 37
About BPI Real Estate
BPI Real Estate is the real estate development division of the Belgian industrial group CFE, incorporated in 1880 and active in environment, offshore, contracting, rail activities, multitechnics and real estate development. Established 30 years ago, this real estate developer operates in Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland. The company is mainly active in the residential, office, retail and service sectors and in specific products. BPI Real Estate focusses on the social, energy, aesthetic and technological aspects in order to develop innovative and environmentally sound urbanism. Furthermore, it applies its expertise to the real estate design and development of Wood Shapers, a Belgian and Luxembourg corporation, established in 2019 by BPI Real Estate and CFE Contracting (both part of the CFE Group). Wood Shapers mainly focusses on the design and development of sustainable building constructions made out of wood or prefabricated materials.
More info: www.bpi-realestate.com
Immobel is the largest listed real estate developer in Belgium. The group, which dates back to 1863, creates high-quality, future-proof urban environments with a positive impact on the way people live, work and play and specialises in mixed real estate. With a stock market valuation of over EUR 650 million and a portfolio of more than 1,600,000m² of project development in 6 countries (Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Poland, France, Spain and Germany), Immobel occupies a leading position in the European real estate area. The group strives for sustainability in urban development. Furthermore, it uses part of its profits to support good causes in the areas of health, culture and social integration. Immobel employs approximately 200 people.
For more information: www.immobelgroup.com