NEWS

Pre-metro station De Brouckère: start of renovation

The renovation works of the pre-metro station De Brouckère have started. After 40 years, it is time to renovate the waterproofing of the ceiling of the station. As part of these works, a parking for 500 bikes will be installed in the underground with adapted access ramps. Being part of the pedestrian zone, the larger urban renewal project of Brussels, the place De Brouckère will afterwards get a make-over as well. The regeneration of the public space between the ‘place De Brouckère’ and the ‘place Fontainas’ will make the city centre green, accessible and will reconnect different neighbourhoods. Thanks to Pieter Vandenhoudt for the pictures!

'Spiegelplein / Place du Miroir': news from the construction site

The construction of the public parking underneath the 'Spiegelplein / Place du Miroir' in Jette (Brussels) is on schedule. The slab forming the ceiling of the upper level is completed. The top-down construction (terrassement en ‘Stross’) is now being used for the excavation of the lower levels. The underground parking and the regeneration of the square are part of the extension of Tram 9. More info on www.tram9.brussels and our project page.

Campus CVO MIRAS: official opening and open house

The new campus of CVO MIRAS in Kortrijk was officially inaugurated by Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister of Education, Vincent Van Quickenborne, Mayor of Kortrijk, and Mario Kelchtermans, director of CVO MIRAS. The CVO MIRAS project is part of 'Schools of Tomorrow’ ('Scholen van Morgen'), a public-private partnership between the Flemish Government and AG Real Estate and BNP Paribas Fortis. The inauguration of the campus was followed by a successful 'Open House', enabling everyone to experience the open, generous and contemporary architectural design by SumProject. This new campus, located at 'Kortrijk Weide', is used by 5.000 students and 200 collaborators.

Workshop: the process of the management plan

Our president, Paul Lievevrouw, was invited by the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik as expert during a workshop concerning the process of the management plan. Paul explained the management plan for the world heritage site in Bruges, developed by SumResearch. In his lecture he focused on the synergy between urban planning and the preservation of monuments.

Boekentoren: news from the construction site

'Gentcement', a special blog devoted on architectural and urban development in and around Ghent, has published an update on the restoration of the 'Boekentoren'. Currently the concrete facade of the tower is scraped off and replaced with a new coat of concrete. The special technique of hydrodemolition is used to remove the detoriated concrete. This process which uses high pressure water provides an excellent bonding surface for the new coating. You can read the update with nice photos from Amaury Henderick on gentcement.be. More info on the 'Boekentoren' on our project page.

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