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A new project in Ghent, Belgium

The project for the conversion of the Leopoldskazerne, a disused barracks in Ghent into a 43,000m2 mixed-use development was won in competition by Consortium THV Leopold formed by developers DMI Vastgoed and Matexi, contractor Democo, 360 Architekten, B2Ai and Sergison Bates architects, and Engineers 3E and Ingenium.

The project aims to open the site up to the city, transforming the imposing, fortress-like building, which has historically been an enclave within the urban fabric, into a focus for local residents and a destination for visitors.

In this way one of Ghent’s largest squares is returned to the city, integrating different functions and transforming it into a catalyst for the surrounding neighbourhood and the city beyond. In addition to the offices of the Provincial administration, the old barracks will house 80 apartments and a crèche, a café/restaurant, and art school and a hotel, while the service wing towards the street will be converted into nine single-family houses.