The former military hospital in Salzinnes to change its face

Tim Harrup

The former military hospital in Salzinnes, a suburb of Namur, is about to change its face. The project to redevelop the site, which includes part of the former provincial printing works, is well under way. Two weeks ago, a revised version of the project was presented to local residents. The changes are designed to address objections and concerns raised during public consultation.

Launched in 2021 by developer Besix Real Estate, designed by architects Buro 5, the new housing development will include 55 apartments spread in 3 ground floor+2 storey buildings, 13 detached houses and a community hall in a green setting. Special attention has been paid to soft mobility, with quick and easy pedestrian access between rue Henri Lecocq and rue Eugène Thibaut. Extra parking spaces have been provided to avoid parking problems for existing residents in the neighbouring streets.

The project is subject to another public consultation until 17 April. If approved by the Walloon authorities, works are expected to start in the summer of 2025 and take two years to complete.