K9-4 Polbru

how to reconcile the joint needs of a training centre and a kennel unit for an urban police department




In February 2018, the governing committee of the City of Brussels gave its green light to the construction of a training centre for the Brussels Capital Ixelles police service, the largest in the country.  Located on the Mercator site (Neder-Over-Heembeek) this new infrastructure will respond to the practical and theoretical training needs of the personnel (GPI 48 circular) and will be equipped, among others, with a firing range and a kennel unit..

Mandated to the consortium of CIT Blaton – Assar  – VK Architects/Engineers, this development is undertaken with the collaboration of the police zone and citydev.brussels (regional city development body).

programnew police training centre for the Brussels Capital-Ixelles police; and bringing three  Brussels canine brigades together on one site
clientCity of Brussels & Brussels Capital-Ixelles Police
addressavenue De Béjar, 26, 1120 Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgium
building typeprotect
statusunder construction
size9,400 m²
teamCIT-assar - VK grouping

New police training centre for the Brussels Capital-Ixelles police; and bringing three  Brussels canine brigades together on one site.

The traig centre will accommodate :

  • two firing ranges : one of 50 m in length with ten firing positions and one of 30 m in length with five firing positions and the possibility to fire at 180°;
  • a dojo able to accommodate 40 operatives and divisible into two smaller  dojos;
  • two large course-rooms able to accommodate 30 and 25 participants respectively;
  • the instructors’ administrative zones and the ‘violence management’ unit;
  • the logistics areas for the instructors and the trainees including their changing rooms and sanitary facilities;
  • the technical areas common to the 4 and to the K9.


The canine brigade unit will comprise :

  • a 45-unit kennel  (45 units + 5 isolation units). Each kennel unit is made up of an interior zone (4m²) and an exterior zone (11 m²);
  • the logistics areas dedicated to the dogs such as a kitchen for meals, a care nursery, showers and storage units;
  • two training grounds of 600 m² each, one covered and one open, and a rest area of 400 m²;
  • the service areas for operatives and trainers: cloakrooms, briefing room, etc.;
  • the administrative areas allied to the  brigade.

The site will also accommodate:

  • a common cafeteria of 165m² available to the whole of the site and able to accommodate up to 90 persons;
  • a building dedicated to training in police intervention techniques (the PITIP) of 900 m²;
  • a ‘MOLOTOV’ platform which is an exterior exercise area of   800 m².