Belgium considers courthouse PPP

The Belgian Buildings Agency has launched a consultation process to explore operating the lower floors of the Palace of Justice in Brussels through a PPP.

The plans are part of a broader project to reorganise the housing of a large part of the Brussels judiciary and adjacent public services, known as the Master Plan Poelaert Site.

The consultation will be conducted by the Régie des Bâtiments' (Regie der Gebouwen) external consultants consisting of Lydian (legal), Grontmij (technical), KPMG (financial) and Jones Lang Lasalle (commercial). Local law firm Lydian is the point of contact.

Participation in the consultation process does not pre-qualify participants to the actual PPP award procedure.

The resulting feasibility study prepared by the external consultants will then be presented to the federal Council of Ministers, in order to allow the Council to decide whether or not to start a formal procurement procedure and establish the PPP model structure. 

The Brussels courthouse is a landmark in the city with a total developed section of 26,006 square meters and includes 27 major courtrooms. The area for the potential PPP is four floors and three mezzanines.

Final input from all third parties is due by 16 January 2015, with the consultation period to be completed by 13 February 2015.

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