Planning application – Le Passage 44 is to become a university campus

Belfius Insurance, the owner of the well-known Brussels premises, has just submitted a request for a permit to transform the lower floors of Passage 44. The purpose of the application, submitted to the Region, is to change the purpose or use of all or part of the current property by transforming, renovating and raising the lower floors of the building comprising the commercial spaces, the auditorium, Passage 44 and the offices (33,000 m²) on levels -2, -1, 0 and +1 into a university building. The beneficiary is the KU Leuven, which after the works should have some 16,000 m² of course, study and research space on 6 floors above ground added to the existing base. At the same time, Belfius Insurance submitted a request to the City of Brussels to terminate the public right of way that gave rise to the name of the premises concerned. This has been temporarily removed by the College.

Architects: a2o

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