Schuman to become a symbolic place for Brussels and Europe
Tender for redesign of Schuman Square will be launched this week
Friday, November 27, 2015 — At the initiative of Brussels Minister of Public Works Pascal Smet, and with the support of Minister President Rudi Vervoort, the Brussels regional government has approved the main principles for the redesign of the Schuman square and the new circulation plan.
The project guarantees the accessibility of the district while creating more space for pedestrians and cyclists. The strip between the Schuman roundabout and Parc du Cinquantenaire will become a pedestrian zone with lots of greenery, turning it into a more harmonious and convivial passage. Car traffic between Avenue de Cortenbergh and Rue de la Loi, and between Rue de Froissart and Avenue d’Auderghem is maintained. A feasibility study will analyse the bus lines on and around the square to determine where traffic can be relieved further.
By redesigning the Schuman Square, the Brussels government aims to turn the European district into a more attractive and enjoyable place for everyone, be it locals, visitors or European officials. The project should facilitate encounters between citizens and strengthen the social mix in the quarter.
A total budget of €7.8 million is set aside for this project. A tender for the redesign will be launched next week and a jury will assist the contractor to choose a winning design. The Bouwmeester (Brussels chief architect) will chair the jury. Construction works are meant to start at the beginning of 2017.
"We want to give an urban touch to this square. The Schuman roundabout should become a meeting point for locals and officials from the EU institutions. The presence of the European institutions will be reflected in the redesign and in the artwork that will feature on the square," states minister Pascal Smet.
“This makeover of the Schuman roundabout will help embed Europe even more in our city. With this project Brussels links her international identity with the needs and wishes of all inhabitants,” says Minister-President Rudi Vervoort.