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02/10/2013
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).