A unique and comprehensive project has been set up to restore the grandeur and urban architectural status of this iconic building – the jewel in Nieuwpoort-Bad’s crown. It includes a respectful renovation of the monument, as well as the addition of a new, contemporary extension. The remaining historically valuable parts of the monument will be restored, while lost Belle Epoque elements such as the iconic tower and domes, the corner terraces, the canopy and the loggia on the side of Hendrikaplein will be rebuilt in a contemporary style. The building will have to be expanded to make its mark on the city’s skyline and compete with all the more recent, larger construction projects.
The right balance between
urban planning, social and
The project strives to align urban development, social and architectural needs and strengthen the building’s heritage status. The team is attaching particular importance to the historical qualities of ‘Le Grand Hôtel’ so that it may regain its original sparkle and splendour.
- 70 Apartments
on the seafront
- 248 Bicycle racks
- 3 Spacious commercial spaces on the side of the Albert I avenue
Bar on the corner of the
Hendrikaplein and the promenade
- 115 Parking lots
Transforming a run-down
building into a landmark
that inspires pride
The ‘White Residence’ will be transformed from a run-down building into one with 70 apartments of up to 265 m². The ground floor will be opened to the public. The historic bar and brasserie on the ground floor will be restored and space will be created for several shops on the side of Albert I-laan. The result will be a landmark that inspires pride, both in Nieuwpoort and in the surrounding region.
The developers rooted their plans in a strong sense of responsibility for the building. So it is little wonder that ecology plays an important role. In fact, the repurposing of ‘The Grand’ is an exemplary project in that sense.
Special attention is paid to green energy and ecology in this project. Various modern and sustainable techniques are used to keep the total energy consumption to a minimum – including geothermal energy, solar panels and maximum recovery of the heat the building will produce. The result will be future-proof, because it will be heated and cooled without fossil fuels.
At the architectural level, VVD Project Development is also fully committed to sustainability. Repurposing vacant buildings is a social responsibility. Well-thought-through reuse is the best guarantee for sustainable conservation and management of valuable heritage, and contributes to a circular economy. All the available materials will be reused as much as possible for this project. New elements will be brought in only when the existing materials run out.
The City of Nieuwpoort’s policy requires property developers to provide sufficient parking spaces. For technical and heritage reasons, parking spaces cannot be built under ‘The Grand’. The project therefore includes a two-storey underground car park under Zeedijk, similar to other existing underground car parks
It will have 115 parking spaces, including 108 closed parking boxes and 7 open (disabled) parking bays. This car park will remain private and will only be used by the residents of the apartments and users of the retail spaces. As the apartments will mostly be used as second residences, traffic will be limited.
The project also prioritises soft mobility, by providing a shared bicycle shed for 248 bicycles (=3.5 per apartment). Another 98 bicycles can be parked in the spacious individual garage boxes, bringing the total number of bicycle parking spaces to 346. The above-ground public parking spaces will moreover be scrapped as part of the renovation of Hendrikaplein, reducing traffic in the square.
construction in 2021
If everything goes according to plan, the renovation and reconstruction of ‘The Grand’ will commence in the autumn of 2021. The first residents will be able to move in three years later, in 2024, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of ‘Le Grand Hôtel’.
During the project’s implementation phase, our aim is to limit nuisance for the surrounding area as much as possible, by optimising the duration of construction, minimising noise hindrance and making limited use of the public domain.