City of Bruges builds circular meeting center in Lissewege

A model and catalyst for circular construction in Bruges and beyond

Stad Brugge has a very varied and rich patrimony of more than 500 buildings. This makes it one of the largest property owners in Bruges and its surroundings. The city council is aware of its exemplary role within society. That is why it systematically tries to take on a pioneering role with regard to new developments.
After years of experience with low-energy construction and renovation, the time has come to learn to deal with (building) materials in a sustainable way... in other words, time for circular construction! The City of Bruges is rolling up its sleeves and setting up a pilot project: the construction of a circular meeting center in Lissewege. The center is intended not only to become an example but also a catalyst for circular construction in Bruges and beyond.

Multifunctional meeting center
The center will offer space for sports, youth and socio-cultural facilities. The chosen site is the former elementary school 'De Regenboog', which has been vacant since 2012. The site is 1.4 ha large, situated on the edge of the built-up area of Lissewege and has a green, open character. In the new meeting center, local associations and individuals will be able to organize all kinds of activities. Since their needs are fairly similar, all the spaces will be made as multifunctional as possible. This results in a compact, efficient and adaptable infrastructure, without sacrificing user-friendliness.

A learning process with attention to all aspects of circularity
To give the market the opportunity to organize itself according to this new way of working, various consultation moments are organized. Both prior to, during and after the tender process. The input from these consultation rounds will help shape the elaboration of the financial and legal aspects of the tender.

During construction, much attention is paid to reusable or recycled materials, with an eye to the impact on the health of the users. A BIM-based classification system will show, track and code the materials and systems used, this to encourage future reuse and transformations.
Circular business models will also play a role in the new meeting center, both at the level of solutions (for example, lighting or furniture) and at the level of the entire building.

City of Bruges will monitor and map the entire process by creating an easy-to-use tool. This workflow will be able to be used to set up new projects and help launch circular building on a broad scale.
Throughout the process, the city will repeatedly refer to the classic building project and quantify the differences between the two models. In this way, it can substantiate the choice for circular construction, and encourage the building owners and the market to change their mindset.

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