Tour and Taxis - Brussels

Main building of Tour and Taxis


State Belgium
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level Brussel Capital
District level (LAU1) District of Brussels
Municipality (LAU2) Brussels
Connection to traffic network Centre of city-Gare du Tour and Taxis

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • general localization (capital of Belgium)
  • specific localization (city centre)
  • availability of financial incentives from different resorts (Public housing company, Private developers, Regional Development agency, Belgian National Railways Company, Ministry of Transport, ERDF)
  • the size of the brownfield area (one of the biggest brownfields in Brussels)
  • attractiveness of the site and objects (the vacant sites offers a new perspectives for development, in terms of housing, offices, large public space and urban facilities)
  • transport links (excellent connection to the railways system)

Brief description of site and current use

In 2002, the Brussels Region adopted the new planning instrument of the Masterplan. This new tool, initiated in the Regional Development Plan, provides the possibility to develop an urban project with a vision, defines the main options as well as the required means and resources for realisation, integrating expectancies of all actors involved and optimising the potential of the site. Previously to 2002, redevelopment projects for Tour and Taxis were primarily generated by private developers who approached it as one large real estate development, apart from some projects initiated by the Brussels Region and the Brussels municipality. Political alterations (municipal elections in 2000 and regional elections in 2004), along with the lack of financial means of public authorities and the disregard of the general interest, the partimonial value and of the surrounding neighbourhood in the proposals of the developers, augmented the number of abandoned projects. The location of Tour and Taxis was defined as an Area of Regional Interest in the Regional land use plan and a leverage zone in the Regional Development Plan. That makes it possible to implement Masterplan in this zone. A Masterplan is a non-binding tool, which is approved by the government and has an indicative value. However, the partial land use plan that results has a binding character. Projects like T&T are primarily managed at regional level. The regional political decision makers and the regional administration have the lead of the planning process. Now, the definition and function of a project-director should be specified, in order to take up the role of coordination of the realisation process.

Original use – basic description

Original use Transportation (shunting yard of Belgian Railways)
Area 80 ha
Type of site Transportation site

Current state – basic description

Current use Business centre and exhibitions
% of built-up area 75%
State of Environment Decontaminated
New use from 2005
Total costs 80 mil. €
Owner of site Belgian National Railway Company

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site SNCB Logistics
Avenue de la Porte de Hal 40
B-1060 Brussels
E-mail :
Local public administration Mayor of Brussels
Freddy Thielemans
Investors participating at redevelopment Regional Development Agency
Marc Renson
brownfields after redevelopment
Green colour marks brownfields after redevelopment