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The Brussels Canal Zone has been undergoing a real metamorphosis in recent years. New bridges and parks, cultural attractions, experience sites like Tour & Taxis and projects like The Banks: the old industrial zone has been transformed into a lively and attractive meeting place. In the future, the neighbourhood will be upgraded even more. The former Citroën site will become the new Centre Pompidou, a major art museum. The old Tour & Taxis freight station – the Gare Maritime – is now a huge market and events hall.
GREEN SURROUNDINGS IN THE CITY
Soon, Becopark, a wide 3.2-hectare green boulevard, will be located right in front of The Banks Hotel. This will extend over a length of 750 metres, from Sainctelette to the Redersplein at the UP site tower. In total, no fewer than four parks are planned in the hotel’s vicinity, including the large landscape park on the Tour & Taxis site. That park was designed by landscape architect Bas Smets, who is also in charge of the landscaping around The Banks Hotel.
The Brussels Canal Zone is undergoing a true metamorphosis. With new bridges and parks, cultural attractions and projects like The Banks Hotel, the old industrial zone is slowly but surely becoming a more than attractive meeting place.The Master Plan of the entire neighbourhood is strongly committed to quality of life and is in line with the major greening and upgrading of the wider area.
The long-awaited Becopark, a wide 3.2-hectare green boulevard, will stretch out in front of The Banks Hotel from 2024. Becopark will be 750 metres long and will run from Sainctelette to the Redersplein at the UP site tower. In total, as many as four parks are planned in the vicinity, including the large landscape park on the nearby Tour & Taxis site. That park was designed by landscape architect Bas Smets. Moreover, Becopark and the park at Tour & Taxis will be connected, adding a large expansive green oasis to the hotel’s surroundings.
“THE SKY IS THE LIMIT”
In the long run, this neighbourhood offers unprecedented growth potential. “The Sky is the limit for this neighbourhood,” says Esa Van den Heuvel, spokeswoman at property developer Triple Living, which is building the hotel. “Thanks to the development of Tour & Taxis, the neighbourhood has already received an incredible boost in recent years. Creative enterprises, cultural events, services, retail and innovative initiatives: they have turned this neighbourhood into a vibrant place attracting young people and professionals in large numbers. In the future, the area will become much more interesting for investors. For example, on the former Citroën site, there will be the Centre Pompidou, a 35,000-square-metre art museum. The old freight station at the Tour & Taxis site – the Gare Maritime – will become a giant market and events hall. And those who want to cross over to the bustling Noordwijk, can do so by walking across the Suzan Daniel Bridge. For a long time, that was the neighbourhood’s missing link.”
4 UNIQUE ASSETS OF THE BRUSSELS CANAL ZONE
1. Its central location, close to bustling Noordwijk and within walking distance of the lively Flemish quarter
2. The many green spaces nearby: from the Becopark on the waterfront to the large landscape park at Tour & Taxis
3. Popular hub for creative businesses, retail and innovative initiatives
4. Breeding ground for cultural and social initiatives: arrival of Brussels Centre Pompidou and market and events hall Gare Maritime.