The office of the Brussels Region’s Secretary of State for Urban Development, Pascal Smet, has confirmed that planning permission has been granted for the future RTBF headquarters. This is an important step in the development of mediapark.brussels.
The 38,0002 building will be located to the rear of those currently occupied by RTBF and VRT on Boulevard Reyers, and will be at the heart of the brand-new diverse district mediapark.brussels.
The six-storey square building will be fitted with equipment and infrastructure in line with current media requirements. Jean-Paul Philippot, the general director of RTBF, has commented on this on the public broadcaster’s website: ‘The construction of this new Mediasquare building will give RTBF a new working tool whose durability and modularity make it effective. Its architecture will place a strong emphasis on glazed spaces and demonstrate our desire for openness. The ergonomic, user-friendly, well-lit environment will promote exchange, cooperation and creativity within the organisation. The important technical equipment component and the implementation of a new IT infrastructure will ensure that the production capacity is 100% digital.’
The works will start in spring 2020, with the building expected to be ready for use in 2024.
VRT also intends to build its headquarters on the site, but has not yet finalised its plans.