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Sergison Bates triumphs in Brussels housing contest

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Sergison Bates has won first place in a competition to redevelop the former industrial Tour & Taxis site in Brussels 

The practice saw off competition from a high-profile list of international firms including Caruso St John and Tony Fretton Architects. 

Working with Belgium-based AWG and noAarchitecten, Sergison Bates has developed proposals to transform the site, which includes large warehouses and offices surrounding a former train station, with 900 homes. 

The two-stage competition set up by project developer Extensa and the Brussels Bouwmeester invited proposals for adjustments to the general masterplan for the site, known as Zone M. 

Alongside the 93,000m2 of housing, the scheme also includes a care home, 3,000m2 of commercial and public facilities, and 700 underground parking spaces. 

According to Sergison Bates, the proposal has ‘departed from the homogenous character of the existing masterplan to create more distinct, varied spaces and a wider public avenue.’ 

A new street front of buildings ranging in height from five to seven-storeys will be created along this public avenue known as the Dreef. 

Behind this new street front the residential buildings are arranged around public courtyards and private shared gardens. 

Work on site is set to begin in January 2017.

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