Laureate: OMGEVING, UAU collectiv
The study and design assignment for the drawing up of a master plan and possible implementation assignments for the Weggevoerdenlaan site in Kortrijk was awarded to the temporary association Omgeving, UAU Collectiv.
For the redevelopment of the abandoned Van Marcke site on the Weggevoerdenlaan, the city of Kortrijk joined forces with the distribution company Van Marcke. Together they want to shape a future-proof new district. The site is approximately 15 hectares in size and is located within the ring road of Kortrijk, within walking distance of the station and Campus West, one of the most important clusters of higher education in the region. Until the 1970s the famous Kortrijkse Kunstwerkstede Gebroeders De Coene was located here. The vision on the site should translate the city's ambitions in terms of its further spatial development into a spatial programme and design.
The proposal by the temporary association Omgeving, UAU Collectiv, Orientes, Hugo Snoeck, AAVO Architecten, INGENIUM respects the historical power of the site and focuses as much as possible on a gradual redesignation and transformation. The design provides a clear answer to the required flexibility in the form of a master plan that can be implemented gradually and that can grow with changing insights. According to the design team, a strategic site like this must evolve along with the social transition and be able to respond appropriately to new opportunities, opportunities and insights, in a continuous improvement process.
In the development strategy, the proposal focuses on the unique position of one landowner. Unlike a traditional development approach, where the properties are filled in and fragmented in the short term, this offers the possibility of continuing to approach the project area as a whole, albeit with many stakeholders and users. A cooperative steers the development and is an operational steering post, an investment fund and a management group. In order to achieve this transition step by step, a curator is appointed who monitors and directs the unity and quality of the development. The spatial transformation is linked to a slow and incremental investment process, which already has the attractiveness of the site from phase one.
The ambitious plan is based on a thorough analysis of the existing building plots. The designers propose to work with the existing urban rooms and public joints. By means of 'building passports', the possibilities of the buildings can be determined at an early stage. The passports not only indicate which elements of a building are valuable and must be preserved, but also which interpretation best suits which type of building. After an initial clean-up of the site, a beautiful, valuable shell is created that can be used immediately for temporary use (laser shooting, exhibitions, showrooms, etc.) or forms the basis for a final use, for example for housing, SMEs, education, a market hall, etc.
Wout Maddens, alderman for urban renewal projects in Kortrijk during the press conference on Wednesday 13 November: 'This is making a city in practice together, we are drawing up a new district of 15 ha, within walking distance of the station. This is one of the most important urban renewal projects for the next ten years. The fact that this is being realised in collaboration with the Flemish Master Builder and Van Marcke guarantees that this will be a model site where people live, work and learn - in short, where they can live'.