Malinas to become the most sustainable retail park in Belgium

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Tim Harrup

Construction works of Malinas, the 27.500 m2 new retail park to open in the city of Mechelen, are progressing. If this outstanding retail park developed by Mistiska REIM, a specialist investor in European retail parks and convenience centres, achieves its targeted BREEAM Excellent rating, it will become the most sustainable in Belgium.

which, notably, will be the location for Belgium’s first XL store by Albert Heijn, the largest Dutch supermarket chain. Another supermarket – Lidl – is also scheduled to take its place in Malinas. C&A, Action, AS Adventure and Vanden Borre are other well-known retailers to have opted for the site.

Scheduled for completion in October 2021, the Malinas development will have a gross leasable area of 27,500m2, and will offer 21 retail units and free parking for 900 cars (350 underground) and 400 bicycles, and will create over 200 new jobs. Albert Heijn, the largest Dutch supermarket chain, is to open there its first XL store in Belgium. A Lidl supermarket is also scheduled to take its place in Malinas. C&A, Action, AS Adventure and Vanden Borre are other well-known retailers to have opted for the site.

The retail park will feature an eye-catching design, including a one hectare section of open reed land on approach, with the site surrounded by over 200 native trees and the entire rear of the building covered by a 7m tall eco-green facade. The roof area will be covered by approximately 7,000 solar panels, generating an electricity capacity of around 2.5MWP, the equivalent electrical requirements of 700 families, which will generate annual savings for the retail park of more than 1,000 tons of CO2. Some 230 trees will be planted on the site.The centre will have a dedicated exit/entrance on the N16 highway. The retail centre will be linked to the city of Mechelen by a cycleway; a tunnel for cyclists is to be constructed under the ‘R6’ road.

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Axel Despriet, Co-CEO of Mitiska REIM, comments: “Although the retail sector overall faces a number of challenges, we are continuing to see high demand for retail parks by both retailers and shoppers, and for new developments which are well-thought-out projects in good locations. What sets retail parks apart from city centre and shopping mall locations is their easy accessibility combined with lower rents and associated charges. In addition, retail parks also offer larger retail spaces and abundant free parking, making them well placed for retailers to maximise their online ‘click and collect’ strategies.”