perspective actualise le Schéma directeur

perspective.brussels a été mandaté pour actualiser le Schéma directeur Midi approuvé début 2016. Il s’agit de traduire les principes du Schéma directeur dans un Plan d’Aménagement Directeur (PAD) en confirmant les objectifs du Gouvernement bruxellois pour ce quartier :
 
  •  le renforcement de la qualité des espaces publics,
  •  l’équilibre entre les espaces dédiés au logement et au bureau,
  •  l’amélioration des connexions entre les quartiers d’une part, et avec le centre-ville d’autre part,
  •  l’activation des espaces disponibles sous les voies pour stimuler la dynamique du quartier
Globalement, l’objectif est de mettre en œuvre le concept de gare habitante en vue de faire évoluer la porte d’entrée internationale de Bruxelles vers un quartier métropolitain convivial et agréable à vivre pour tous.
 
Le PAD actualisera le Schéma directeur et se saisira des opportunités apparues depuis son approbation, en associant bien évidemment toutes les parties prenantes et en organisant le plus en amont possible un processus d’information et de participation préalable.
 

Gare du Midi
Master plan approved

The Government of the Brussels-Capital Region has just approved the master plan for the Gare du Midi district at its second reading. The document sets out the development of this district during the periods up to 2020 and 2030.
 
Developed in consultation with the regional and municipal authorities, the SNCB-NMBS and the public transport operators, it is based on a shared ambition to strengthen the district’s functional mix and make it a livelier, more pleasant place for local residents, the people of Brussels in general and users of the railway station. It attaches great importance to the redevelopment of public spaces and to improving the intermodal hub.
 
By 2020 and 2030 the implementation of the master plan should lead to the construction of housing and facilities and the redeployment of public spaces, while at the same time making this transport hub part of a rational tertiary strategy.
 
The project will be managed by a team from the Urban Development Agency (acting as the team’s representative), the Research and Planning Department at Brussels Urban Development and the Strategy Department at Brussels Mobility, emphasising the importance of maintaining close links between the urban development project, the transport project and the strategic and operational aspects of urban planning.
 
The project’s main contractor will be supervised multidisciplinary team, which was selected in September 2013 following an international consultation. The team is steered by by the architecture and urban planning firm, l’AUC / AUC AS (Djamel Klouche) together with NFA architects (urban development and architecture), Bureau Bas Smets (landscape architecture), EGIS (transport), EGIS Conseil (urban planning and property expertise), Transsolar (sustainable development), BG (stability engineering, building services), 8-18 (light design) and Encore (graphic design, urban signage).
 
The project has been negotiated with the operators in charge of redeveloping the district, in particular through a process of providing support and guidance for real estate and transport projects in the area.
 
These dynamics will continue in the coming months with the inclusion of the master plan in a Private Designated Land Use Plan and the follow-up of the permit applications. These must be consistent with the outlines of the master plan.

Midi district
Master plan approved on first reading

The Government of the Brussels-Capital Region has just approved the master plan for the Gare du Midi district at its first reading. The document sets out the development of this district during the periods up to 2020 and 2030.
 
Developed in consultation with the regional and municipal authorities, the SNCB-NMBS and the public transport operators, it is based on a shared ambition to strengthen the district’s functional mix and make it a livelier, more pleasant place for local residents, the people of Brussels in general and users of the railway station. It attaches great importance to the redevelopment of public spaces and to improving the intermodal hub.
 
By 2020 and 2030 the implementation of the master plan should lead to the construction of housing and facilities and the redeployment of public spaces, while at the same time making this transport hub part of a rational tertiary strategy.
 
The project will be managed by a team from the Urban Development Agency (acting as the team’s representative), the Research and Planning Department at Brussels Urban Development and the Strategy Department at Brussels Mobility, emphasising the importance of maintaining close links between the urban development project, the transport project and the strategic and operational aspects of urban planning. The project’s main contractor will be supervised by the architecture and urban planning firm, l’AUC, which was selected in September 2013 following an international consultation.
 
The project has been negotiated with the operators in charge of redeveloping the district, in particular through a process of providing support and guidance for real estate and transport projects in the area.
 
Work will continue in the coming months with a view to securing approval for the master plan at its second reading, its inclusion in the Private Designated Land Use Plan and the issuing of the permits which must be consistent with the outlines of the master plan.
 
More info (in French).

Midi district
State of progress

On Wednesday 12 March, during MIPIM 2014, the Minister-President and Djamel Klouche, the urban planner responsible for drawing up the Master Plan, presented the latest thinking on the future of the Midi district. 
 
The Midi district, which is Belgium’s largest rail hub and an international gateway to Brussels, is in need of a regional strategy to steer its development and meet the needs arising from population growth.
 
The key point is that it is essential for this area’s international role to be made compatible with the life of the local community, based on improving housing and facilities, enhancing the quality and management of public spaces and taking measures to reduce the impact of through traffic.
In order to strike this balance, Djamel Klouche’s team was commissioned in September 2013 following an international competition, based on a submission focusing on the concept of an ‘inhabited station’.
The report on the Master Plan presented on 12 March includes a number of powerful proposals based on a realistic implementation timeframe and intended in the medium term to promote parity between residential and tertiary functions.
 
Thus, by 2020, the Victor and Jamar projects should create 45 to 50,000 m² of extra housing. Within the same timeframe, the Grand and Petit Quadrilatères, totalling 15,000 m² of space under the railway lines, should be converted to accommodate facilities, shops and a permanent market. Public spaces such as Rue Couverte and the Esplanade de l’Europe will be redeveloped and will continue to host the traditional Sunday market. A new development fronting onto Avenue Fonsny will accommodate the SNCB-NMBS Group offices currently located between Rue de France and Rue Bara. The Postal Sorting Office will also be kept and improved to leave space for evolving plans.
 
Finally, the Gare du Midi railway station will undergo an ambitious renovation using budgets earmarked in the SNCB-NMBS Multiannual Investment Plan 2013-2025.
 
By 2025, the block between Rue de France and Rue Bara could undergo a predominantly residential development involving at least 40,000 m² of housing. The second phase of the Fonsny project will also be developed, including student accommodation in particular.
 
The Minister-President has now asked the SNCB-NMBS and municipalities to finalise their consultations with a view to seeking formal approval for the Master Plan. Among other topics, the consultation should cover the conditions for the implementation of Eurostation’s plans for a new international terminal, on which the SNCB-NMBS has been asked to issue a formal opinion.
 
Source: press release issued by the Office of the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region.

The Midi district redesigned!

The Brussels Region has appointed a team to prepare the urban plan for the district around the Brussels-Midi international railway station.

The selected multidisciplinary team is steered by Djamel Klouche from l’AUC / AUC AS together with NFA architects (urban development and architecture), Bureau Bas Smets (landscape architecture), EGIS (transport), EGIS Conseil (urban planning and property expertise), Transsolar (sustainable development), BG (stability engineering, building services), 8-18 (light design) and Encore (graphic design, urban signage).

This appointment follows an international consultation process jointly launched by the Minister-President, the Minister for Public Works and the Secretary of State for Transport. Responsibility for project management lies jointly with the Research and Planning Department of the Urban Planning and Housing Administration, the Strategy Department of Brussels Mobility and – acting as appointed project management representative – the Urban Development Agency (ADT-ATO).

The chosen candidate’s task will be to devise a Master Plan for the Midi district addressing both urban development and transport issues.

It will work with all stakeholders in the district, including the Belgian National Railway Company (SNCB-NMBS), in order to come up with a shared plan. The aim is to create the conditions for the development of a truly multifunctional district, to consolidate the tertiary sector and to improve mobility in the Gare du Midi railway station area. Improving intermodality will be a particular focus, as the Gare du Midi represents an important entry point into the capital.

The successful candidate will also need to support the development of projects in the district over the next ten years, and so help boost its identity and vitality.

This project is based on the common desire of the Minister-President, the Minister for Public Works and the Secretary of State for Transport to rethink the railway station district as it connects with neighbouring districts, to calm traffic there in order to make pedestrians the priority users and to underpin the major real estate projects developed in the district, in particular by the SNCB-NMBS.

Photo (ADT-ATO/CP):

The team that will devise the Midi Master Plan. Left to right: Nicolas Firket (NFA), Djamel Klouche (AUC), Bas Smets (BBS), Frédéric Danel (EGIS) and Julia Tournaire (AUC).

Midi district
Master plan launched

22 entries have been received in response to the issue of a notice of competitive public tender (using the negotiated procedure, advertised Europe-wide) to recruit an urban project management team to prepare a master plan for the Midi district. The tender notice was issued in early February at the request of the Regional Government.
 
Three to five candidates will be invited at a later stage to submit a tender, and the winning candidate should therefore be selected by summer 2013. 
 
The winning team will have six months to devise its urban plan based on the issues and guidelines set out in the guidance note of the ADT-ATO. It will also be tasked with providing long-term support for the projects developed in the district.
 
Responsibility for project management lies with the Urban Development Agency (ADT-ATO) (appointed project management representative), the Research and Planning Department of the Urban Planning and Housing Administration of the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region and the Strategy Department of Brussels Mobility.