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.