Matexi has purchased the former Saint-Joseph clinic in Liège to transform it into 240 housings

Tim Harrup

More news concerning the transformation of buildings from their initial use to a new designation has emerged, but this time not in Brussels and not involving a former office building. It has been announced by residential developer Matexi that it has purchased the former Saint-Joseph clinic in Liège, in order to transform it into 240 residential units.

This clinic is located on the Rue de Hesbaye, just to the west of the city centre and close to the entrance and exit routes to the motorway system. It had initially been sold by hospital operators CHC to real estate company BlueStone Invest before passing into the hands of Matexi. The company has just lodged a permit request with the authorities, and is set to create apartments of one, two and three bedrooms, along with some retail space and a restaurant in the chapel of the former hospital site.

This project, along with forming part of the extensive portfolio of residential complexes developed by Matexi, also forms part of a wider plan by the city of Liège which goes as far as envisaging expropriation in order to rehabilitate parts of the city. The City’s website does not yet give any details of this Matexi project, but as an indication of the ambitions for the future, the twelve urban projects cited include turning the E25 motorway into an urban boulevard, creating new exhibition halls, completing the tram, an eco-district for Coronmeuse…