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Aukett chosen for European Parliament area facelift

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Aukett Associates has won an open international competition to create a design framework for the European Parliament Quarter in Brussels, a 65ha area in the centre of the city. One idea is to deck over an existing rail line to form a linear park linking the new European Parliament with the Berlaymont building and the Council of Ministers complex.

Parc Leopold, within which the parliament sits, will be refurbished, and pedestrian structures will bridge the two roads which form barriers to movement within the site. These environmental improvements are the primary goals for an area which has been neglected. For the longer term, the proposal envisages the extension of the Ministry of Public Works offices, redevelopment of one site for retail, and the development of the residential fringe to the south of Parc Leopold.

Aukett, which is working on the £60 million scheme with Belgian partner Art & Build, was one of 125 entrants to the competition. These were narrowed down to a shortlist of 45 from 11 countries, and five teams were picked to develop their proposals over a period of four months.

Aukett has won planning permission for the redevelopment of a former chocolate factory in Barnes, South-west London into a mixed commercial development for Leander Estates. It has also completed the design of a customer-services centre for mobile-phone service One-2-One at Wath Manvers in the Dearne Valley Enterprise Zone.

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