Usquare, the site of the Ixelles barracks, is to be converted into an open, mixed, academic and international neighbourhood. Good news: the Société d’aménagement Urbain (SAU) publishes a public procurement contract to appoint the team responsible for creating the public spaces of the site.
It is part of the neighbourhood between Flagey and the Ixelles cemetery, nestled at the corner of Boulevard Général Jacques and the Avenue de la Couronne. There are not many shops, green spaces or public amenities. However, Usquare, the site of the Ixelles barracks, is undergoing a massive conversion. But while the main lines of its future have already been mapped out, the SAU has just published a public procurement contract with publicity at European level to designate the multidisciplinary team responsible for designing and monitoring the realisation of the public spaces of the site.
This single-beneficiary framework agreement covers an amount of up to 1 million euros but relates to works for the development of public spaces, the cost of which is expected to total around 4 million euros over the next few years. It is the subject of a two-stage procedure. At the end of the first round, the SAU will select three to five candidates based on, among other criteria, references and the composition of the proposed team. They will be invited to participate in the second phase for which they will have to submit a project outline that meets the expectations of the contract.
A mixed neighbourhood
Called Usquare, the conversion project of the former barracks is carried by the Brussels Region, owner of the site but also by the ULB and the VUB who wish to develop a university city with an international vocation. Its purpose is to open up the site up towards the city and the neighbourhood and to create a mixed neighbourhood around a large esplanade and a new park. The plan provides for the construction of family and student housing and the presence of university facilities and community services. The bulk of the academic troops are expected in 2023 and 2025, depending on the two construction phases of the Usquare project.