Exciting next step in KCAP’s NEO masterplan: the King Baudouin Stadium will be renovated

The existing national stadium is next to the Atomium the center piece of the area of NEO Brussels, the urban transformation project of KCAP. 

Renovation of the stadium is a radical shift in policy. Previously, the city intended to build a new football stadium on the nearby Parking C area. The city announced yesterday that these plans are now cancelled. The masterplan designed by KCAP, in collaboration with ARUP and Fakton, anticipated on four possible scenarios for the stadium: the renovation of the existing venue, a downsizing of the stadium, a newly built stadium at the same location, as well as the demolition of the stadium. In case of demolition and replacement by a new stadium at a different location, the site would be transformed.

It is remarkable and in line with the flexibility that KCAP’s urban concepts offer, that the masterplan’s robustness allows for such a change in policy. Especially since the first and second stage of NEO development are already in planning. The first stage is the Europea project by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield/CFE/Besix, a retail center with cinema, leisure, a roof garden and housing. The second stage comprises of a 5.000-seat congress center with hotel, designed by Jean Nouvel. Meanwhile, also the sportspark is being transformed, following the design of Omgeving and Zwarts&Jansma. 

The decision to keep the stadium in place is a tribute to the heritage of this site. The first stadium on this location was inaugurated in 1930 and this is the next step in a succession of transformations. The stadium is very well accessible by public transport with two metro stations. When renovated, it will offer an amazing sports and event infrastructure for the city of Brussels. Especially in combination with the adjacent trade fair facilities, the Palais 12 concert venue and the future congress center.

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