les Bastions

when the extension of a shopping centre gives a new stimulus to its attractiveness & restructures the public space

project characteristics

Located in Tournai (Hainaut), the original “Les Bastions” building is a shopping centre built in the late 1970s. Its functional but unattractive architecture required a thorough renovation & extension. The objective was to provide the city with a shopping centre that would be similarly attractive as the new buildings in Mons, Kortrijk, or Lille.

programrenovation & extension of a shopping centre & construction of a retail park implementation
clientWereldhave Belgium
addressboulevard Walter de Marvis 22 • 7500 Tournai
building typeentertain
expertisesarchitectureinterior architecturelandscape designurban design & planningfeasibility studies
size83.000 m²
team• client: Wereldhave Belgium
• architect: assar + H&V Architectures

The extension has enabled an increase in the number, volume, and surface area of the commercial units (100 rental units). At the same time, the number of parking spaces was increased to 2.000, some of which (1.150 spaces) are located on two underground levels with direct access to the new gallery.

A new public space, located between the shopping centre and the retail park, acts as a transitional area. It combines large green spaces, car park entrances and exits, cycle paths, pedestrian walkways, rest areas, a bus stop, bicycle parking, and tracts of water. The retail park opened its doors to the public on 18 February 2016 after an intensive construction period of approximately 1 year. The expansion and renovation of the shopping centre was completed in the second quarter of 2018.

energy performance & certification

In September 2017, the retail park was awarded the BREEAM certificate with the rating “Very Good”.
The shopping centre received its BREEAM certificate in 2019 with a “Very Good” rating for the building, and “Excellent” for management.

• categories: Llow energy, passive, Net Zero Energy (NZE)
• coefficients (K / E)
• certifications: BREEAM Very Good