The Province of Liège launches the construction of a school on the Bavière site
The Province of Liège launches the construction of a school on the Bavière site

The Province of Liège launches the construction of a school on the Bavière site

Liège, May 27, 2024 – The Provincial College of Liège has made an important decision by approving the construction of a new school building for the ‘Haute École provinciale du Barbou’ (Institut Malzov) on the Bavière site. This initiative marks a significant step in the development of this iconic district, which was once an brownfield land.

The project, entrusted to the developer Bavière Développement - a collaboration between BPI Real Estate, Thomas & Piron Bâtiment, and UrBa Liège, represents an investment of over 36 million euros. This new building of nearly 10,000 m² will house the students of the Haute École, thereby complementing the educational functions on the site and ensuring a beneficial mix for this revitalized neighborhood.

Jean-Louis Amandt, Project Director for Bavière Développement: “The realization of a project of the magnitude of Bavière can only be achieved through a mix of functions and public-private collaborations. This new building for the Barbou Higher School fits perfectly into this logic and will, we are convinced, accelerate the final construction phases to come on the site.”

This project will not only meet the educational needs of the region but also contribute to the integration of various functions within this new neighborhood, eagerly awaited by all the people of Liège. This new educational infrastructure will add to an already transforming ensemble. The Bavière site has recently seen the completion of 149 housing units, the opening of several shops, and the establishment of a municipal daycare center that will soon accommodate fifty children. Additionally, the cultural center B3, built by the Province of Liège and inaugurated in 2023, is already operational.

The Bavière wasteland, once a symbol of decline, is now turning into a forward-looking neighborhood. The next development phases of the site will include intergenerational housing, intended for students and seniors, as well as a sports center, contributing to genuine social and functional diversity.

This ambitious project demonstrates Liège's determination to modernize by promoting education, culture, and community well-being. The construction of this new educational space aligns perfectly with the strategy of BPI Real Estate and Thomas & Piron Bâtiment to create sustainable cities and contribute to urban dynamics.

  • The Province of Liège launches the construction of a school on the Bavière site
  • The Province of Liège launches the construction of a school on the Bavière site
  • The Province of Liège launches the construction of a school on the Bavière site
The Province of Liège launches the construction of a school on the Bavière site

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Jean-Louis Amandt
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BPI Real Estate is the real estate division of the multidisciplinary group CFE, founded in 1880 and active in Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland in 4 business lines with strong growth potential because they have the potential to shape the world of tomorrow: real estate design and development, multitechnics, construction and renovation and sustainable investments. With a wealth of expertise acquired over the past 35 years, BPI Real Estate's ambition is to challenge the status quo and bring about positive change in real estate development in order to deploy innovative, inclusive and eco-responsible urban planning aimed at increasing the well-being of future generations. BPI Real Estate develops this know-how in the residential, office, retail, services and special products sectors. The company also brings its expertise in real estate design and development to Wood Shapers, a Belgian and Luxembourg company launched at the end of 2019 by BPI Real Estate and CFE Contracting (both part of the CFE group) that focuses primarily on the development, design and sustainable construction of wood and prefabricated materials.

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Part of the Thomas & Piron Group, Thomas & Piron Bâtiment specializes in the development of large-scale real estate projects. The company promotes and constructs a variety of new real estate projects, varying in size and specificity: multifunctional urban projects, housing, offices, shops, nursing homes, service residences, student accommodations, etc.

Its major difference from other companies in the sector lies in the integration of promotion and construction teams within a single company. This uniqueness, the expertise of its 400 talents, and its operational excellence provide its clients with personalized follow-up from A to Z and ensure quality, timely delivery, and price compliance.

Thomas & Piron Bâtiment, aware of its societal role, affirms its daily commitment to being at the forefront of sustainability, innovation, and digital transformation. The company prides itself on anticipating sectoral developments to deliver real estate projects that meet current and future lifestyles.

Thomas & Piron Bâtiment relies on the strength of a solid group with more than 48 years of experience and 3350 employees; a group that positions itself more than ever as the leader in real estate development and construction in Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Its turnover reached 923 million euros in 2022, while still maintaining 100% family ownership.

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Benoit Bacquelaine

Promoter/developer active in the province of Liège.

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