[First look + plans + project data] Tony Fretton Architects has won planning permission for a 7,500m² town hall and administrative centre in Deinze, Belgium
Planned to start on site in early 2013, the scheme houses the East Flanders city’s municipal departments as well as offices for the mayor and aldermen and a new council chamber.
Tony Fretton Architects scooped the project in an international competition in 2009.
The five-storey building is close to Deinze city centre alongside the river Leie and close to the main public park.
Stone pilasters create balcony-like loggias on all the facades which can be used as informal outdoor places by staff.
A proposed new public space fronting the river will integrate with existing landscaping.
Location: Brielstraat, Deinze
Client: City of Deinze
Construction Value: €13.5m
Site area: 4,000m²
Internal area: 7,500 sq m
Architects: Tony Fretton Architects
Design team: Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Tom Appels, Piram Banpabutr, Yuichi Hashimura, Nina Lundvall Io Schønherr, Martin Nässén, Chris Neve, Chris Snow
Project Associate: David Owen
Project Architect: Tom Appels
Executive Architects: Bureau Bouwtechniek Antwerp
Structural & Services Engineers (UK): Arup
Structural & Services Engineers (Belgium): VK Engineering
Fretton lands planning for Deinze town hall