Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Courthouse of Namur
29 September 2020

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Courthouse of Namur

On Tuesday, 29 September 2020, Mr Koen Geens, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, in charge of the Buildings Agency, and Minister of European Affairs, conducted the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction site of the new Namur Courthouse in the presence of Mr David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget and Civil Service, in charge of the National Lottery and of Science Policy.

The future 34,600 m² complex falls within an environmentally friendly approach and will meet high energy performance criteria. It will be built on the former site of the “Casernes Léopold” by AG Real Estate, who was awarded the contract for the financing, redesign, construction and commissioning of the Courthouse on July 8.

The objective is to deliver the entire construction in the 36 months following the notice to proceed. The relocation of the departments of the FPS Justice to the new building is planned for 2023. The Belgian Buildings Agency will sign an 18 year-lease with an option to purchase.

“I am delighted to be able to launch the start of the construction of the new Namur Courthouse. This modern, sustainable and secure building will provide the jurisdictions of Namur with a central and unique accommodation that will bring together all the services of Justice of Namur as well as the criminal justice chain of Dinant. “, declared Koen Geens, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, in charge of the Buildings Agency.

“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to lay the first stone of this new Courthouse this Tuesday. Its construction has now begun, which will eventually be very beneficial to the judicial staff as well as to the citizens of the regions of Namur and Dinant. Within three years, the capital of Wallonia will finally be provided with modern, secure and functional premises worthy of the 21st Century. This can only contribute to the serenity at work and of the debates that will soon be held within those walls that are about to be built”, stated David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget and Civil Service, in charge of the National Lottery and of Science Policy.

To accompany them in the execution of this project, AG Real Estate will be assisted by two trusted partners: CIT Blaton and BPC (one of the subsidiaries of CFE).

 “This public-private partnership reaffirms our expertise in the field of DBFM (Design, Build, Finance & Maintain). We hope that this development will convince the other public services that require modern and reliable renovation solutions to turn to AG Real Estate again in the future. Now more than ever, our aim is to walk alongside the public authorities to redesign the city of tomorrow together to address its occupants’ needs”, stated Serge Fautré, Chief Executive Officer at AG Real Estate.

The occupants

The complex will accommodate the Court of Assizes, the Court of First Instance, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Juvenile Prosecution Service, the Police Court, the Labour Tribunal and Court, the Labour Auditorate, the Commercial Court, the Justice of the Peace and the Bar,as well as the new DAB service (Security division) of the Federal Police and the criminal section of the Dinant division of the judicial district of Namur.

A few key numbers

  • Total area: 34,600 m²
  • Courtrooms: 14
  • Court of Assizes: 1
  • Parking places: 79
  • Number of floors: GF+4
  • Start of the works: 09.2020
  • Duration of the works: 36 months
  • Commissioning of the building: 2023
  • Term of the lease: 18 years

Technical data sheet

  • Contracting authority: Belgian Buildings Agency
  • Future occupant: FPS Justice and Federal Police
  • Property developer: AG Real Estate
  • Multidisciplinary design office:
    • The AdP²  joint venture consisting of the architect firm AUPA, the Atelier d’architecture de Genval and CERAU
    • Consultancy offices Bgroup – GREISCH and Socotec
  • Area of the site: 3 ha 61 ares
  • Net area of the Courthouse: 34,600 m²
  • Duration of the works: 2020 – 2023
  • Term of the lease: 18 years (with an option to purchase)
  • Annual rent: € 6.5 millions

About AG Real Estate

AG Real Estate, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AG Insurance, is an integrated property operator active in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and on certain select European markets with expertise in different lines of business: Asset & Property Management, Development & Construction Management, PPP and real estate financing, as well as in Car Park Management through its subsidiary Interparking.

A company active in urban real estate, AG Real Estate has more than 250 employees with varied profiles and areas of expertise.

With a portfolio of more than €6.5 billion under management for its own account and on behalf of third parties, AG Real Estate is endeavouring to provide a responsible response to new urban needs and to implement a sustainable development policy as to make its projects even more meaningful.

About the Belgian Buildings Agency

The real estate manager of the federal state

The Belgian Buildings Agency is the real estate manager of the Belgian federal state. They provide federal officials with a high-quality work environment and work for the preservation of the federal architectural and historic heritage.

Their extensive real estate portfolio represents 983 complexes (6.9 million m2), of which 2/3 are owned by the Federal State and 1/3 is rented.

Please consult their website for more information:

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