The restoration of the magnificent steel structure of the ‘Gare Maritime’ is ongoing, Brussels (BE) - (January 2, 2018)

The building, from the very beginning of the 20th century, was erected on the site of Tour & Taxis as a logistic platform for the goods entering the capital by train.  It’s one of the biggest trains stations of Europe and definitely a masterpiece of industrial architecture. The restoration is led by architect Jan de Moffarts. Ney & Partners recalculated the structure systematically and reinforced it where needed to bear the extra surcharges of the thermically improved façades and roof.

Meanwhile Extensa, the developer of the site, appointed Ney & Partners for the stability studies of the new developments inside the building, too. Neutelings Riedijk Architects drew 12 units of offices, retail, workspaces, restaurants and bars, workspace totalling about 50.000 sqm around a plaza, which is left unbuilt in the central hall.The structure of the different buildings consists of wood, making it one of the biggest timber-construction projects in Europe. Ney & Partners finishes the dossier for the bidding of contractors so the construction site can start in the course of 2018. copyright photograph: Extensa.