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15/03/2016
The RTBF presents its future Brussels headquarters

RTBF today presented a model of its future headquarters on Boulevard Reyers in Brussels. With an above-ground area of ​​38,000 m2 for an investment of 150 million euros, the new RTBF headquarters will be the workplace of the company’s 1,300 employees in Brussels.

The project by MDW, in partnership with V+ and Tractebel Engineering, was selected by the Board of Directors of RTBF at the end of January. The successful candidate was chosen at the end of a process launched in early 2015: following a call for projects, 47 applications were received, from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, the United States and the United Kingdom. Five teams were shortlisted to deliver a preliminary sketch in September 2015, based on specifications that included the new building’s expected functionalities.

The architects and RTBF’s teams will now work together to progress from the current sketch to the final plans. The filing of permit applications is expected in 2017, and work is scheduled to start in late 2018. RTBF expects its building to be completed two years later, in 2020. It will continue its mission of providing news and producing and broadcasting content at its existing facilities throughout the construction of its new headquarters.

This change in RTBF’s Brussels headquarters, in parallel with a similar development at VRT (read here) represents part of the mediapark.brussels urban project which is being developed in conjunction with the reconfiguration of the 20-hectare site where the current and future RTBF and VRT headquarters are located. This will be converted into a metropolitan district that is open, creative, vibrant and leafy. The ambition is also to stimulate the emergence of an innovative media ecosystem there, promoting the development of the audiovisual, media and cultural sectors and the creative industries in Brussels, with innovative companies, colleges, public facilities related to the media sector, a park, housing, crèches, schools, shops and so on.

The RTBF building will be forward-looking in every respect. It will reflect the company’s current and future needs much more closely, and be more open to the world around it. It will house the company’s media and support operations with a view to becoming a modern and innovative audiovisual cluster, developed in a spirit of transparency towards audiences, partners and the general public.