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Name: Gare Maritime
Location: Brussels, Belgium
The Gare Maritime project concerns the renovation of a former freight station, that consists of 30.000m² workspace, 10.000m² retail space, 2.500m² food & beverage space (food hall with food and beverage offerings), 7.500m² equipment space as well as other functions such as events spaces. This building, which has been redesigned by architects Neutelings-Riedijk, will be the new focal point of the entire Tour & Taxis site. The implementation and results of the Gare Maritime project are each an example in circular building. The integrity of the century-old industrial building has been preserved in the redevelopment process, while its function has been modernised with durability in mind. It is also foreseen for the Gare Maritime to have space for public amenities, an education facility for adults which will also benefit the neighbourhood. The Gare Maritime is a project intended for the benefit of all. Its many gardens and plazas will ensure that this is a place people will feel welcome to come and enjoy. There have already been several events, large and small, that are free and open to the public at the Gare Maritime.
The renovation of the existing structure of the Gare Maritime started in June 2016 and was completed at the end of 2018. Contractors from Belgium and from around Europe were commissioned to work on the various aspects of renovation of the Gare Maritime. The development of the inside of the building started at the end of 2018 and was achieved third quarter of 2020, except the future food hall, postponed due to Covid- 19 restrictions, that is expected to follow by end of 2021. The first occupation of the Gare Maritime already took place. The project is fully owned by the Group “Extensa”.
“Gare Maritime is a uniquely ambitious urban regeneration project that has repurposed a former freight station into a highly sustainable new forum to live, eat, work, play and learn. A new destination in Brussels, the 300 meter long historical structure has transformed into an indoor city with access to office and retail units, gardens, food halls and a multitude of event spaces.
Demonstrating leadership both in its design and its sustainability goals, Gare Maritime is energy neutral and designed for circularity, serving as a catalyst to a larger revitalisation project that will foster a vibrant new district in Brussels.
It is a commendable example of how taking a long term vision can enable transformations of abandoned assets into outstanding hubs open to the community that celebrate heritage while meeting the evolving needs of communities at large.”
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