Barracks – Usquare.brussels
The Urban Development Corporation (SAU-MSI) has been appointed by the Brussels Region as the developer which will coordinate the various operations to create Usquare.brussels, a new Brussels district that will be open, diverse and dynamic, urban and welcoming, university-centred and international, sustainable and innovative. The new district will be created on the 3.85-hectare site of the former gendarmerie school at the corner of Boulevard Général Jacques and Avenue de la Couronne in Ixelles.
Usquare.brussels must serve two separate interests: it must meet the needs of the city’s inhabitants in terms of housing, local facilities and welcoming and attractive public spaces; and it will accommodate a pioneering and ambitious project of international significance jointly managed by two universities, ULB and VUB. The project will focus on sustainable development and consist of different elements, including research, knowledge dissemination and sharing, international exchanges, entrepreneurship and innovation, and food.
Coordinator of the Usquare.brussels site
The SAU-MSI is the coordinator of the site where Usquare.brussels is being developed. This mission was entrusted to it by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, which purchased the former barracks from the Federal State. The SAU-MSI is coordinating the various components of the Usquare.brussels project.
In addition, it will manage the following aspects itself, in consultation with the other public and university stakeholders: the search for investors for the university accommodation and family housing components; the project management of the public spaces. While the site’s architectural heritage will be showcased, openings will be created in the perimeter wall in order to make it more accessible to surrounding neighbourhoods.
The transitional phase
- In April 2018, the SAU-MSI launched a public procurement procedure to appoint an operator responsible for the coordination, revitalisation and transition management of the whole site.
- In May 2018, the SAU-MSI issued a Call for expressions of interest (CEI) to identify project owners for the temporary occupation of part of the site.
- In September 2018 the SAU-MSI has designated the service provider who will be responsible for the coordination, revitalisation and transitional management of the whole site: a consortium consisting of Creatis, D-Side Groupe and Le Troisième Pôle.
- In November 2018 the SAU-MSI selected the 41 first temporary occupants as part of See U, the transitional phase of the Usquare.brussels project.
More information: www.usquare.brussels