“We have taken an important administrative step towards the renovation of Forest Abbey. Together with urban.brussels and the Commission Royale des Monuments et des Sites, we have guided the municipality from the start. In this way, the historical heritage will revive and will be combined with contemporary uses,” said Pascal Smet, State Secretary for Urbanism and Heritage.
“This project unites heritage preservation with a new cultural purpose. After the planning permit is delivered, it can move forward. I am looking forward to the inhabitants of Forest getting to know this redesigned and renovated space,” explained Charles Spapens, alderman for Urban Revitalisation and Culture for the municipality of Forest.
“As a result of its broad cultural ambitions, the ABY project has received financial support of over 7.3 million euros from the ERDF programme of our region.
The new "ABY" cultural centre will enable various cultural, social and economic functions that are open to the city and accessible to all. This way, these functions will be contributing to the social cohesion and to the redevelopment of the Saint-Denis neighbourhood," rejoiced Minister-President Rudi Vervoort.