Neo planners selected

Tim Harrup

The names of the winning contenders for the urban planning of the vast Néo project – the Heysel plateau to the north of Brussels, around the Atomium and Roi Baudouin sports stadium – were announced this week. KCAP architects – the bureau of Kees Christiaanse, based in Rotterdam and with a branch in Zurich – have been selected along with advisors Arup and Fakton. Kees Christiaanse himself is named as head planner.
The rehabilitation of this site is expected to include a congress centre, a stadium, a shopping centre and an entertainments venue. In the words of Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans: “Neo is a unique opportunity for Brussels and its inhabitants, an exceptional potential for economic recovery and the creation of new employment”.
There is no apparent effect on the Trade Mart or the Heysel exhibition halls (the Brussels Motor Show and Batibouw amongst others), but a question mark (to say the very least) hangs over the Mini Europe site and the Kinépolis cinema complex.