NEO first phase – shopping centre, accommodation and related functions on the Heysel Plateau.
City of Brussels | Published June 26, 2012 - Deadline September 17, 2012
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The International Development Plan for the Brussels-Capital Region, which was adopted by the Brussels Government on 21.12.2007, designates the Heysel site for part of the infrastructures that are to add to the international status of Brussels. This site already currently features the presence of the most important exhibition area in Belgium and offers much to tourism and leisure. Provision of a Convention Centre of international size near the Exhibition Centre will enhance the attraction of the Exhibition Centre and liven up even more what the site is destined to do economically. Reorganisation and modernisation of the tourist and leisure infrastructures will pursue the goal of enhancing the unmistakable character of the Heysel Plateau which already benefits from the presence of the Atomium.
The contracting authority has enlisted the services of a chief urban planner with a view to drawing up a global development and restructuring plan for the Heysel Plateau. It is a question of rationalising the existing site facilities and adding new facilities which together extend the urban fabric of the surrounding districts and liven up the economy of this part of the town which is destined to become a city gate and a window into Brussels on both a national and international scale.
This contract is therefore integrated in a much larger development, as much from a geographical point of view as from the point of view of development, within the framework of the Master plan which was established for the Heysel Plateau. The broad outline of the plan are taken up again in the note on objectives relating to this project (published on the website www.neobrussels.com, refer to section VI.3 of this contract notice). The solutions proposed by the participants in the dialogue will have to enter into the directions set out in the note on objectives of the project. The other parts of the programme are currently managed by the contracting authority, which is also seeking partners to realise them.
Within the framework of this contract, the contracting authority, assisted by the head planner, anticipates the development of the following facilities on the Heysel Plateau:
— A shopping centre of international size (maximum 72,000 sq. m. GLA),
— Residential function (minimum 50,000 sq. m. GFA and 500 residential units),
— Administrative areas (offices which offer a supporting role to the other functions of the areas) (maximum 20,000 sq. m. GFA),
— Catering areas (maximum 9,000 sq. m. GLA),
— Leisure areas destined for indoor tourism (minimum 15,000 sq. m. GFA),
— If necessary, a cinema (3,000 to 6,000 seats),
— If necessary, a leisure activity project destined for outdoor tourism in area C as defined below.
A map publicated on the website www.neobrussels.com shows the boundaries of the project, divided up into three adjacent plots (A1, A2 and C) and it is specified that plot A2 will only be put at the disposal of the operator if a cinema is to be introduced in the proposal. In the event of take-up of plot A2, the minimum number of flats expected will be 575 units and 57,500 sq. m. GFA.
Plot C will be put at the disposal of the operator if (i) he proposes to introduce a cinema into the plan and (ii) he proposes a leisure activity destined for outdoor tourism on plot C. This outdoor leisure activity is supplementary to the indoor leisure activity of a minimum of 15,000 sq. m. GFA laid down in the programme above, and it is imperative that this be situated on plot C. Plot C cannot be used for other facilities than this outdoor leisure activity.
This agreement covers the planning, design, financing, construction, management and running of the described structures and facilities. The contracting authority will not play a part in the financing of the works and as for the shopping centre and related facilities, compensation for the executing of works will consist of the right to run the structure for the duration of the long term lease, in return for the payment of periodic rental charges – methods of calculation and payment to be decided during the dialogue. On expiry of the lease, all the structures will be again the property of the contracting authority. The long term lease with benefits will be agreed on for a duration that can be up to 99 years long. As regards the accommodation units, the contracting authority is considering the transfer of this property, either in whole or in part, be it wholly owned or in the form of a true right to long lease.
The contract also covers the design, construction, financing and use of the covered parking spaces which serve the different facilities, on the basis of maximising the total number of parking spaces by sharing the use of them between different facilities (maximum 3,700 spaces). The ways in which the parking spaces are used and paid for will be, either wholly or in part, established with the involvement of the contracting authority, according to the proposals formulated in competitive dialogue. The contracting authority’s objective is, on the one hand, to guarantee the availability of parking spaces, at fixed limit price, for the benefit of certain users in order to contribute to the synergy between different parts of the plan and if necessary, between these parts and other facilities (existing or future) which are located in the immediate vicinity.
The contracting authority also wishes to receive proposals from participants in the dialogue concerning the status and restructuring of the public and semi-private areas as well as the green spaces included in the boundaries of the project. These proposals should notably take into account the compulsory sharing of green spaces defined in the PRAS (Regional Land-Use Plan) and the safety and evacuation policies determined by the police, the fire services and by FIFA, in particular as regards access to the Roi Baudouin stadium.
The contracting authority has control over the land concerned in this contract.
In the field of building regulations, an order from the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region of 20 January 2011 has been published in the ‘Moniteur Belge’ (Belgian official journal) on 3 March 2011 and this sets in motion the partial modification procedure of the Regional Plan for Land Use (Plan Régional d’Affectation du Sol, PRAS). This order anticipates notably the revision of the PRAS to allow the establishment of a shopping centre, hotel infrastructure, supporting offices and accommodation units on the Heysel Plateau. The proposed change of part of the PRAS and its environmental impact report (EIR) were adopted by the Government on the 29 March 2012 and were submitted to a public inquiry between the 15 May 2012 and 13 July 2012. The final plan is expected to be approved in late 2012.
Apart from the information already given above, the contracting authority also wishes to receive proposals for the competitive dialogue from the participants which notably have a bearing on the following aspects which will be specified in the descriptive document:
— Improvements to the programme to be developped,
— The financial calculation (calculation of the periodic rent and /or other cash flows) and legal requirements for collaboration between parties, in order to guarantee the building of the desired structures by the contracting authority and a form of consultation between the parties in this respect,
— Creative proposals with a view to fulfilling the goals of the restructuring plan for the Heysel Plateau, notably in terms of attractiveness to tourists and of sustainable development, for this part of the programme,
— The division into phases of the demolition of the existing structure and restructuring of the site with a view to ensuring the continuity of the facilities present on the site,
— Creative proposal which allow the development of synergies with installations, facilities and activities (existing or future) which are part of the project and/or located in the immediate vicinity.