Limited success for Belgians at Mipim Awards

Tim Harrup

The 30th edition of the MIPIM Awards took place yesterday as part of Mipim Paris Real Estate Week. The 12 winners were announced at a ceremony held in Paris at InterContinental Paris Le Grand. There was disappointment for the Belgian entries, as for once, none of them came out on top. As a reminder, Tivoli Greencity, The Cosmopolitan, Chirec Delta General Hospital Brussels and Red Cross Care Hotel Zueinkerke, were all finalists in their respective categories. However, there was joy for Belgian developer Immobel, as its Granary Island project in Gdańsk, Poland was crowned Best Urban Project. And Belgium was represented on the jury panel by AG Real Estate CEO Serge Fautré. Ronan Vaspart, Director of Mipim, commented on the awards: “It is particularly satisfying that in these exceptional times, we have been able to honour the winners of the MIPIM Awards 2020 following deliberation from the international jury chaired by Méka Brunel and an online vote. The winning projects are, once again, of the highest quality and I thank the jury, the finalists and the international real estate community for supporting us through thick and thin”. Turning to the complications of organizing a major event during these difficult times, in its latest communiqé Reed Midem has this to say: ‘Reed Midem and Reed Exhibitions are pooling their combined experience to establish a robust programme of advanced measures to ensure all events meet the safety requirements set by the relevant local authorities and the benchmarks established by Reed Exhibitions based on the best practices and experience learned from their 500+ events. French Government and public health guidelines are being closely followed. In the coming weeks Reed Midem will be issuing guidelines for safely gathering and exhibiting in the Palais des Festivals and other event venues. Measures will cover a wide range of protocols including physical distancing, increased medical facilities, as well as enhanced cleaning, sanitation and hygiene.’