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NEO, Brussels

Regenerating Brussels’ Heysel Plateau into a destination for international events, shopping, leisure, culture and politics

Economic recovery

NEO is a project to regenerate the Heysel Plateau in the north of Brussels. By regenerating a neglected area, hosting international events and offering facilities for shopping, leisure, culture and politics, NEO aims to promote Brussels as a truly international city.

Arup’s services on the project include transport planning, energy and water, masterplanning, sustainability consulting and civil engineering.

In collaboration with Fakton, Arup is working as advisor to the design team from KCAP Architects&Planners. 

Contemporary vision

The site’s setting and history of public space and leisure facilities make it a potential common ground for the diverse inhabitants of Brussels and the region. The development also creates opportunities to provide a large green space within the city.

NEO is a unique opportunity for Brussels and its inhabitants, and has exceptional potential for economic recovery and the creation of new employment ” Freddy Thielemans Mayor of the City of Brussels

Structured approach

The masterplan employs a structured approach, built to deliver on pillars of flexibility, integration, interaction, simultaneous working and robustness.

Phasing and integration of urban incubators in the first stages will allow for coordination of the programme and cross-financing of phases. Development of the design and realisation of sub-phases will be carried out over an estimated period of 10 years. 

The complexity of Brussels’ urban fabric reflects a diverse collection of districts, language communities, influences and traditions. The Plateau du Heysel now requires a contemporary vision where Brussels, Belgium and Europe come together in one place ” Kees Christiaanse Founder of KCAP