New administrative centre

The current outdated Administrative Centre no longer meets the needs of the public. In order to better serve its citizens, the City Council of the City of Brussels has given a green light for the public procurement for the construction of a new Administrative Centre at the current Parking 58. This modern glass building will welcome approximately 1,700 employees of the City of Brussels.

Parking 58 is replaced by an underground parking lot with 450 parking spaces. ‘Soft mobility’ is not forgotten with more than 250 bicycle parking spaces (for staff and visitors).

Ecology is one of the main concerns of the City. The energy performance of the passive building will therefore meet the norms of the Brussels Capital Region (PEB 2016). The building will be equipped with solar panels, cogeneration, full LED lighting and a rainwater collection system for water supplies.


What’s the purpose?

The construction of the new Administrative Centre is part of the BXL20/21 project, which includes a series of initiatives to improve:
  • the receipt and processing of applications from citizens
  • the efficiency of working methods
  • the welfare of the staff
The move of all staff to a central and modern place will enable more public service efficiency, but also simplified communication.
This important investment will also help to improve the connection between the pedestrian zone, the Place Sainte-Catherine and the Place de Brouckère.

Rue Courte des Halles: passage through the building

The Rue Courte des Halles  is no longer open to the public. As part of the Brucity construction, the City of Brussels wants to open this street again with a passage through the building.
Pedestrians will be able to cross the building via the entrance hall from Monday to Saturday from 7:30 am to 11 pm and on Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm. During events, these opening hours may be adjusted.
In addition, the City of Brussels wants to provide animation on the ground floor outside the opening hours of the Administrative Centre (lighting, exhibition, information,…).

Schedule of the works

This provisional schedule may be subject to changes:
  • Installation of the yard: August 2017
  • Removal of asbestos: 11 September 2017 to 3 November 2017
  • Structural breakdown of the building: 9 October 2017 to 23 March 2018
  • Removal of foundation and floors: 22 January 2018 to 24 August 2018
  • Laying of the first stone: spring 2018
  • Slurry walls: 28 May 2018 to 31 August 2018
  • Earthworks: 27 August 2018 to 31 December 2018
  • Construction of the new building: 2018 to 2020
  • Interior decoration of the building: 2020 to 2021
  • Move and public opening: 2021

Mobility during the works

  • Buses: during the works there will be no buses at the Rue des Halles.
  • Bus 29 and 66: the stops and endpoints are moved to the Rue du Fossé aux Loups, next to the Place de Brouckère.
  • Bus 71: the end point is moved to the Rue des Augustins.
  • Cars: it is not recommended to take the Rue des Halles, even if it remains accessible. The Rue de la Vierge Noire remains open, but with limited width.
  • Deliveries to traders: the works will not have an impact, except for very short periods.
  • Removal of debris: an average of 2 trucks per hour evacuate the debris via the Rue Dansaert, from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm.