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Willemen Groep
Boerenkrijgstraat 133, BE - 2800 Mechelen
tel +32 15 569 965, groep@willemen.be
 
RAC Belair - Brussels
 
 
Activities
Buildings
Offices
 
Contractor
Willemen Construct
 
Executed works
Construction of new Federal Police headquarters in Brussels. Renovation of existing office block.
 
Special features
BREEAM Very Good
 
Location 
Pachecolaan, Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
 
Client
Breevast Development Belgium, Immobel
 
End User
Federale Politie
 
Price
€128.000.000
 
Architects
Jaspers-Eyers & Partners
 
Temporary partnership
Willemen General Contractor, Kumpen, Cordeel, Louis De Waele
 
Engineering Office
VK Engineering-Civil & Structural (stabiliteit), TPF Engineering (technieken), Venac (akoestiek)
 
Surface area above ground
87 000m²
 
Surface area subterranean
20 000m²
 
Construction period 
2 years 8 months
 
Start work 
04-2011
 
End of work 
12-2013
 

The Rijksadministratief Centrum (state administrative centre, or RAC) in Brussels, located behind the familiar Finance Tower, was converted into the new head office of the Federal Police. After thoroughgoing asbestos removal work, the outer walls, superstructure with plant rooms and interior were demolished. Blocks D and F of the complex were rebuilt to meet the needs of the police: they were given a hyperfunctional design and security features implemented according to the strictest requirements.

The first task of the contractor consortium was to ensure that a solid building shell was again in place. New lift and stairway centres were built, and a structure with two extra office floors was added above the old roof. Then new curtain walling was installed. When erecting the new outer walls, considerable attention was paid to preserving the building's post-war, postmodern architectural character, albeit with a subtle, contemporary accent. The result is a cinematographic façade, a playful patchwork of different types of glass, serigraphy and colours. This results in special shades of colour, giving the façade a dynamic, contemporary look within a tight, classical rhythm. The double-layer superstructure has neutral, dark cladding.

The five-floor parking garage at the rear was also renovated. Three of the floors will be used by the Federal Police. As of March 2014, several police services gradually began to take up residence in the new office block.

Willemen Construct

Boerenkrijgstraat 133
2800 Mechelen (Belgium)
tel +32 15 56 99 65
willemen@willemen.be
www.willemen.be

Willemen Construct came into being on 1 July 2018 as a result of the merger between Willemen General Contractor and the construction department of Kumpen.
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