Quality Board to accompany the airport’s urban planning developments
As part of its Strategic Vision 2040, Brussels Airport Company has just put together a Quality Board to provide long-term guidance to the company in the conception and design of ambitious planning projects and of the airport’s public spaces.
This Quality Board was established in close collaboration with the Flemish Government Architect Workshop (Atelier Vlaams Bouwmeester, the team of the Flemish Government Architect), the Department of Environment and Spatial Development (the Departement Omgeving Vlaanderen which is in charge of town and country planning in the Flemish Region) as well as a number of leading planning designers of standing and renown in and around Brussels and at international level. These experts will provide Brussels Airport with sound and duly considered independent advice and opinions.
As an example, the Quality Board is set to play an important part in the sustainable planning and design of the "Airport Business District". The ambition is to make sure that the future developments at Brussels Airport perfectly integrate within the wider area they are part of. This includes future-proof workspaces, a cutting edge inter-modal hub, appealing biodiversity areas, etc.
Rewilding is part of the planning development
Leo Van Broeck, Flemish Government Architect
Urban rewilding includes any initiative or program that seeks to encourage biodiversity, ecosystem function, and the persistence of native species in a range of urban settings, including on private and public land.
The Quality Chamber is made up of members from Brussels Airport Company:
- Jo Huygh, Design Manager (chairman)
- Björn Hassert, Head of Strategic Planning
- Marc Neirinckx, Development Manager Real Estate
and of independent members:
- Leo Van Broeck, Flemish Government Architect
- Julie Mabilde, Flemish Government Architect Workshop
- Bert Foucart, Department of Environment and Spatial Development
- Goedele Desmet, architect
- Aglaée Degros, architect and planner
- Benoît Moritz, architect and planner
In working with renowned design and planning specialists, Brussels Airport is looking to create unique and memorable experiences for its passengers, clients, staff, commuters, visitors and the local residents.
About the Quality Board and the Flemish Government Architect
The Quality Board is a panel made up of leading experts who bring a critical perspective and expertise in terms of the architectural, planning, technical and environmental quality of the projects tabled. They will guard the quality of any given project form the early concept stages throughout the entire execution.
The Flemish Government Architect’s key mission is to promote the architectural quality of the built-up environment. The Flemish Government Architect and his team will guide the public and private contracting authorities in designing and constructing buildings, public spaces, landscapes and infrastructures. Moreover, the Flemish Government Architect will assist in developing a vision and reflection rounds, by focusing on interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral initiatives. The Flemish Government Architect will also act as a consultant for the entire Flemish Government.
The Airport Business District must become a vibrant ecosystem of its own, where large companies mingle with start-ups. With room for biodiversity and greenery. With room for innovation and new activities.
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