Deurne Eksterlaer

  • 295 homes
  • 68 apartments
  • 1.100 m² commercial space
  • 267 parking places
  • 150.000 m² project surface
 
 
 

Summary

CLIENT(S): publiek-private samenwerking tussen AG Vespa, Vooruitzicht, Woonhaven en Matexi Projects

TEAM:
Masterplan: POLO Architecten, Veelaert Architecten
Architecture: POLO Architecten, Veelaert Architecten, Van Belle & Medina
Landscape architecture: Sweco

TOTAL COSTS (EXCL. VAT): 60.000.000 €

BVO (total): 52.500 m²

TIMING:
2014 start development
2016 start realisation
2028 expected completion date

Deurne Eksterlaer

Between Dascottelei, Herentalsebaan and Eksterlaar, Matexi, together with AG VESPA and Vooruitzicht, is developing the residential area of Eksterlaer. The renowned architectural firms POLO and Veelaert developed the master plan, the land development plan and worked them out down to the level of the individual lots. On the 15 ha site, a total of 580 houses and apartments will be built, spread over various phases and years. Eksterlaer consists of a few main axes surrounded by various residential areas with a 30 km/h speed limit zone.

All streets have limited car access. The internal circulation of vulnerable road users is separated as much as possible from the internal circulation for motorised traffic and is adapted to the attraction poles (bus stop, school, hospital, shops, ...) in the vicinity of the project area.

A sustainable parking policy in which parking takes place as much underground as possible and a well-considered construction of cycling and walking routes make the neighbourhood safe and child-friendly. The integration of a neighbourhood park provides an attractive green rest and recreation area just a few kilometres from the city.

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For over 20 years now Matexi has focused on inner-city reconversion projects, redevelopment of both historical heritage buildings and former industrial sites and vacant, obsolete buildings. These transformation projects fit perfectly with today´s emphasis on dealing carefully with the available space.

All stakeholders are involved in a ´participatory process´ when a new residential neighbourhood is designed: the local community - the nearby residents and their possible associations - as well as local government authorities, social housing companies, roads and traffic, nature and forest, … Goal: a residential neighbourhood with which and in which everyone can have a wonderful life; and a project that is welcome in the neighbourhood.

´Everybody deserves a great place to live´. Everyone deserves a safe, sound, enjoyable place to live. In our developments we promote both a social and an intergenerational mix of residents. We develop sites with not just homes and apartments, but also sometimes assisted-living residences, a residential and nursing centre, a day-care centre, a community centre. People thrive in a pleasant and healthy environment, and in a neighbourhood where they feel a connection with one another.

We strive for a sustainable future. To succeed in this we work from a long-term vision. We proceed from planet, people, profit: we start out from a duty to care for both the world (planet) and society (people). Profit is a result and a means, never an end in itself - although it is necessary so as to be able to continue practicing our profession.

We don´t let purchased buildings and/or grounds lie fallow while awaiting further development. On the contrary, we do everything we can to make them useful and to enable nearby residents to become familiar with the site. Neighbourhood-reinforcing initiatives such as a wide range of association activities, a social café, a cycling area, a pop-up store, a cultural centre, a hairdresser, … Many possibilities, no obligations.

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