The Leiedal intermunicipal agency is the inter-local organization for regional development in south-west Flanders. Its aim is to help develop this region, in a dynamic and sustainable manner, into an appealing region in which to do business, work, live and experience. Leiedal has its offices in Kortrijk, in the Kennedypark business park.
For several years, Leiedal has shared the building with its office partners W13, Logo Leiedal and ZuidWest, which are also active regionally in different policy areas. The existing building was extended a few years ago already with office space and meeting rooms. It was recently renovated to meet contemporary energy requirements.
Owing to the rapid growth of both Leiedal and its office partners, the current building is once more becoming too small to accommodate all the staff in suitable conditions. Another extension of the offices is imperative. Given the importance of smooth day-to-day collaboration between Leiedal and its office partners, all partners wish to have the extension situated close to the current site.
That is why Leiedal will build new offices on its own grounds in the Kennedypark, namely on the unbuilt plot adjacent to the Leiedal car park, at a short walking distance from Leiedal’s current location. This choice of location fits in the smart and high-quality densification of Hoog-Kortrijk, next to the high-quality public transport axis between the city centre and Hoog-Kortrijk, and connecting to the intricate functional bicycle network (under construction) in Hoog-Kortrijk.
To verify building possibilities on the plot, some research by design was carried out in preparation of this assignment. The research shows that, taking into account the imposed ‘floor area index’ of 0.43, there is room on the plot for a building programme with a net surface area of about 2,700 m2. It must provide working space for 150 people. Moreover, the construction site must be connected smoothly to the adjacent bicycle lane. A footpath must also provide a physical link with the existing Leiedal offices.
The building programme must create additional space for the staff of Leiedal and/or the office partners. The presupposed square metres currently exceed the present need. The unused office space will therefore be let to third parties.
That is why the flexible use of space in the new offices is essential. The design must make it possible to alter the layout of the building without major internal adaptation work. With this concept in mind, all floors must be able to function independently.
The new offices must also exude what Leiedal stands for and has been defending for years: a high image-quality and suststainable development. In the construction of the buildings, sufficient attention must be paid to the following:
- high-quality integration in the existing business park, with the necessary asphalting being kept to a minimum;
- sustainability of the building: this must manifest itself both in the design of the building volumes and in the choice of materials (circular construction) and energy-efficient techniques.
Further analysis of the programme and of the spatial context is necessary. The given surfaces are a first assumption. The competition assignment of the architect requires to further refine this programme and to seek flexibility within the assumed building programme and the urbanistic requirements in force, with a view to the more sustainable use of space, energy optimization, cost efficiency, etc. Starting out from the compact use of space and sustainable construction, a medium-high building with a small footprint is preferred, on condition that the maximum 'floor area index' is not exceeded and that it serves the (greener) high-quality layout of the plot.
On the basis of the submitted application, the following selection criteria will be studied and tested with regard to the principal’s objectives:
- the general design-based expertise with regard to the project assignment;
- the professional competence;
- the relevant experience.
- The quality of the concept and vision development and of the research by design, tested against the ambitions and expectations of the public principal as formulated in the specifications.
1.1 In a broad social context.
1.2 Applied more functionally to the practical needs of the user.
- The project cost, including the study cost.
- The approach to sustainability.
- The process-orientation and process-readiness.
The weighting of the respective allocation criteria is as follows: 4 (2 and 2)/3/2/1.
All-inclusive study assignment for the new construction of offices for Leiedal in Kortrijk
- Project description
President Kennedypark 10,
Competitive procedure with negotiation
€7,500,000 (incl. VAT) (incl. Fees)
General fee percentage: min. 10% and max. 12%, incl. safety coordination and EPB
€15,000 (excl. VAT) per candidate / 3 candidates (limited deliverables)