The Van Praet Bridge, gateway to Brussels, is often associated with traffic news when it comes to alerting listeners to the presence of traffic jams. But change is imminent! Indeed, the infrastructure node formed by the Avenue Van Praet and the Avenue des Croix du Feu will, in the future, look more like an urban boulevard. This transition is an opportunity to think about improving the quality of life of the surrounding urban fabric.

It is on a site of approximately 27 hectares located near this node that the City of Brussels is planning a large-scale program, including a secondary school, a daycare, facilities, and the creation of a minimum of 5 hectares of green spaces accompanied by a housing. All this while reconnecting the residential area of Neder-Over-Heembeek to the canal and its industrial district.

This new city district within the 20th century crown, which is intended to be exemplary and sustainable, will give a new face to the city entrance of Neder-Over-Heembeek, while at the same time blurring the many urban barriers that exist there.
However, it is not a question of starting from an empty page. Proof of this are the many projects and studies that concern this high-potential area, such as the Landscape Quality Plan (BKP), the study for the redevelopment of the BRYC (Brussels Royal Yacht Club) site, the mobility study for the Canal Nord-A12 or  the new tramway to Neder-Over-Heembeek.

The City of Brussels, which has already drawn up an indicative Planning Scheme for the Regional Interest Zone No. 4 – Van Praet Bridge, would therefore like all these preparatory works and their ambitions to be translated into a masterplan that will frame the future developments of the zone, as well on the short as long-term.

This is therefore an excellent opportunity to create a new type of airy urbanity that overlooks the infrastructural character of the area while at the same time strengthening the Neder-over-Heembeek district in a sustainable manner. The programme envisaged for this area – secondary school, day-care centre, housing, green space – will have to be tested with the help of the Research by design as well as through an environmental impact study.

– Phase 1: diagnosis and vision; critical reading of existing planning documents and the political vision to translate them into the degree of ambition to be achieved for the area + analysis of environmental issues;
– Phase 2: Construction and evaluation of the environmental impact of 3 development scenarios using Research by design and environmental impact analysis ;
– Phase 3: Development and environmental evaluation of the preferred scenario and facilitation of a consultative process;
– Phase 4: Development of the final preferential scenario as well as the masterplan as an urban planning tool; their translation into a number of graphic and textual recommendations will be used to provide a clear framework for future architectural projects.

The Masterplan will be drawn up on the basis of the principle of sustainable development and environmental quality. To this end, the Be Sustainable Compass tool developed by Bruxelles-Environnement will be used.

For this mission, the City of Brussels is looking for a team of architect-urban planners and environmental experts. This team will have to use the project-based Research by design in order to test, optimize and translate the challenges of this strategic area into various scenarios. This work will be carried out iteratively with the environmental impact analysis so that the two components feed into each other. Thus, close collaboration between urban planning architects and EIR experts is essential for the successful execution of the mission. The result of the study is a master plan that will serve as a framework for several architectural competitions and other future developments.

– Urban design, level of masterplan
– Use of Research by design;
– Realization of ENRD.

– Quality of the approach to the mission (50%)
– Quality and relevance of references (30%)
– Feasibility (20%)

– Week of June 29, 2020: 3 to 5 teams will be invited to submit a bid;
– August 14, 2020: submission of bids (intention note (vision & methodology), competence note (references & team) and planning note (schedule & cost allocation) ;
– Thursday 20 August 2020: oral presentation of the offers to the Advisory Committee.
– End of August 2020: assignment and start of the mission

– The budget for the mission is set at EUR 130 000 excluding VAT.
– 2 000 for each team submitting a regular tender achieving at least half of the points against the award criteria.

If you are interested in the work, we invite you to send an e-mail, before 22 June 2020 at 2 pm, to the bouwmeester maître architecte at appel-oproep@perspective.brussels, showing your interest, motivation and experience, and giving your contact details and/or those of the planned team (on a maximum of one attached A4 sheet).

The bouwmeester maître architecte will support the project and advise the selection committee on their choice.



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