The Handelsbeurs of Antwerp is a beautiful neogotic monument which was used from the sixteenth century till 1997 as a stock market. It was constructed in the fifteenth century when the image of Bruges as an international player declined and Antwerp had the chance to grow stronger. This building impressed and still impresses with his covered galleries on four sides and italian arcades around a rectangular square.
Now the Handelsbeurs isn’t a stock exchange any more. But the protected heritage continues to serve a public function. Yes, the building received a new destination. The ground floor is once again a meeting area where guests can enjoy events in a unique setting. The “Schippersbeurs” with authentic mosaic floors and magnificent domes (just next to the Handelsbeurs) will host a restaurant. On the upperfloor, a beautiful hotel housing 138 rooms will open his doors in 2019. Here you will enjoy a wonderful view on the busy city centre. On the minus one, the construction of a new parking lot has started. This parking lot will welcome some 290 cars and about 130 bicycles.
Bopro was entrusted with technical advice in two phases. In the preparatory phase Bopro performed a Technical Due Diligence (a screening of the project, administrative check, evaluation of planning, contracts and risks). In the execution phase, Bopro monitors the project using the GOTIK method: Price, Organization, Time, Information, Quality-monitoring.
More information can be found in the inventory of architectural heritage (in Dutch)