New life for the Inofer disused industrial site

Didier Van Den Eynde

Green light has just been given for the conversion of MALT in Mechelen, a mixed-use project (offices + residential) with a total surface area of more than 24,300 m2. The site has been abandoned for 7 years after the bankruptcy of Inofer. The emblematic "Socaré" heritage building will be restored and its industrial character will be preserved. Rehabilitating the disused industrial site will contribute to the reconversion of the Mechelen station area, in front of the canal.

The Malt conversion project is being carried out by developers Codic in association with PSR (a subsidiary of the Jan de Nul Group), which specialises in the redevelopment of brownfield sites. Jaspers-Eyers architects, Callebaut Architecten en Sculp-it Architects have designed the project and will operate the site conversion. 17,800m² of offices and around 6,500 m² of housing will be integrated in a high-end green and low-traffic landscape. These will share an underground parking making the whole above ground surface car-free.