Last week a delegation of HPP-members went out on a property tour in Brussels. The host of the enjoyable day was HPP-member Whitewood, who invited the group for a day of true Belgian hospitality and a visit to the property Multi, thanks to Sally van Gorp (Marketing & PR Manager at Whitewood).
Early mornings the visitors were picked up by bus in Amsterdam and Vianen, to jointly travel to Brussels. During the ride, Jeroen Dirckx, Partner at KCAP Architects&Planners gave a presentation about the future development plans of the city, especially in the Expo and riverside neighbourhoods. Clearly, Brussels has a lot of area’s under development, as an upgrade of some of the European capital’s most prominent buildings is necessary.
Two of those prominent buildings are owned by Whitewood, located at De Brouckereplein and the Bisschopsstraat: Property De Munt, known for remarkable X-shape, and the Multi property, currently undergoing a full refurbishment. Upon arrival, the members first enjoyed lunch to exchange conversations, after which the group was taken out to De Munt property by hosts Valerie Vermandel (Chief Development Officer) and Christoph van der Planken (Chief Operations Officer). Equipped with construction boots, safety helmets and colourful Whitewood jackets, the members were allowed to walk through the Multi property, being fully briefed about all relevant construction details.
After delivery, planned for the end of December, the Multi property will be BREEAM-excellent certified and will be home to tenants like Total, Bank of New York, Bpost and co-developer Immobel. Moreover, also the general public is allowed to enjoy the roof terras on top of the base of the building and the gastronomy facilities located on that 3rd floor. Looking further up, a striking new 17-stories white facade with floor to floor windows sets the Multi property apart from its surroundings, making it one of the city centres important landmarks. Once Multi is up and running, Whitewood will start with their next redevelopment project across the street: the Munt property. Brussels De Brouckereplein will never be the same…
Jan van Zuijlen, board member of HPP Connect & Innovate, commented:
‘It’s great that our members are playing such a vital role in the future of our cities and are focused on our common responsibility to make them vibrant and sustainable.
The Multi property truly lifts the sustainability standards and really is a stunning beauty. Seeing that Whitewood has chosen HPP-REDA member Cordeel as their construction partner, shows that throughout our platform members recognize each other’s added value. A huge compliment for the both of them for the quality of work demonstrated at the Multi property.’
By Jan van Zuijlen