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Central Gardens
Brussels

SOCIAL HOUSING

Appartments via Social Renting Agency
105 underground parking lots

SOLD
80%

Nieuw-Hunnegem
Geraardsbergen

SENIOR HOUSING

41 service flats

SOLD
75%

Cust'O
Oostduinkerke-Bad

SENIOR HOUSING

63 service flats
36 underground parking lots
Wide common parts

SOLD
75%

Vanishing Point
Nieuwpoort

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

20 state-of-the-art apartments
2 commercial spaces on the ground floor
3 underground floors with parking lots

SOLD
90%

Suikerpark
Veurne

MIXED URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Mixed intra-urban development
Public-Private Collaboration with WVI and Stad Veurne

Waregem Business Park
Waregem

OFFICE DEVELOPMENT

5 individual office blocks

SOLD
90%

Back to school

VIVES University College, which currently has six campuses throughout the province of West Flanders, has ordered ION to develop a new student residence in Kortrijk. ION bought three bars - D’n Bross, Sasch and Eclips - and several adjacent homes to make room for the new project. Last month, ION threw a goodbye party, in consultation with VIVES, for the students in the bars that were to be demolished. The building will be constructed close to the existing campus along the Doorniksesteenweg and there will be a direct connection between both. The overall volume comprises some 5,000 m² of gross floor area that will be divided over 126 rooms (12 of which are accessible to people with reduced mobility), 3 commercial spaces and an apartment for the caretaker. Outside there will be a splendid garden with benches and various bicycle sheds.ION has asked the architect firm Adins & Van Looveren to execute the project. They designed the residence as 2 separate volumes that are joined through glass passageways.In the meantime, the building permit has been granted and demolition and construction are under way. The goal is to have the building completed in September 2017, thus allowing students to use the new accommodation as of the academic year 2017-2018.

Niefhout
Turnhout

MIXED URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Mixed intra-urban development
Public-Private Collaboration

SOLD
65%

ION is Belgium’s first carbon neutral property developer

ION has recently become a carbon neutral enterprise. ION allowed itself to be audited by the renowned company CO2logic. As a result of that audit, ION has compensated for its CO2 emissions, making it completely carbon neutral.CO2logic mapped ION’s CO2 emissions. That exercise revealed that the company emitted the equivalent of 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2015.Based on the audit’s results, CO2logic formulated several recommendations to reduce the carbon footprint. Some of these are extremely simple to put into practice, such as ensuring that all company vehicles have the correct tyre pressure. This simple intervention can reduce annual CO2 emissions by no less than 5% (or 1.5 tonne of CO2 per year).ION decided to repeat this analysis on an annual basis. The objective is twofold: to reduce our own CO2 emissions and to offset these emissions each year. Offsetting means that companies can compensate for their emissions by reducing the same emissions elsewhere. More specifically, ION has chosen to support a project to save trees in Uganda this year, where 95% of the population relies on wood and charcoal for cooking. The project introduces wood stoves (that can be purchased locally). Each stove reduces CO2 emissions by a good 40%. Moreover, the use of the wood stoves significantly reduces the emission of harmful smoke that causes respiratory illnesses; these are still the main cause of death among children in Africa.By switching to mainly green energy, ION had already considerably reduced its carbon footprint (amounting to a CO2 reduction of 7.6 tonnes). The audit by CO2logic has enabled the company to take the next step in the right direction. ION intends to have a similar audit conducted every year, in order to continue to cut CO2 emissions and to encourage both our employees and other companies to follow our lead.For more information, please contact Sarah Welker: Tel. +32 (0)56 62 50 50 E-mail sarah.welker@ion.be

De Wijngaard
Kortrijk

MIXED URBAN DEVELOPMENT

55 approved service flats
50 apartments
1.547m² offices for Proximus

SOLD
95%

VIVES Campus
Kortrijk

BUILD-TO-SUIT 

VIVES College (education-related activities)
Commercial area

ION is the preferential bidder for the development of a large-scale real estate project in Veurne

A few months ago, property developer ION was selected as a candidate for the second round of the PPP contest for the redevelopment of the former Sugar Factory site in Veurne. Along with other developers, ION was invited to submit an ambitious development proposal. The Inter-Municipal Association of West Flanders (WVI) recently named ION its preferential bidder. As a consequence, the other developers who are in the running have been kept on hold while ION conducts exclusive negotiations with WVI and the City of Veurne. ION is hoping for the project to be awarded by the spring of 2017, enabling them to start construction by the summer of 2018.New green urban districtION’s proposed name for the large-scale residential project is Suikerpark (Sugar Park), a name which clearly refers to the transformation of the Sugar Factory site, which was purely industrial until 2005, into a multifunctional development with mainly housing, retail and a natural park. The 12 hectares that will be redeveloped through the PPP will thus be transformed into a new, green urban district on the edge of the city. Along with the team of experts that ION has selected for this project, the developer aspires to be a loyal partner to WVI and the City of Veurne and to devise a locally anchored project, with the participation and support of the local residents. The redevelopment of the Sugar Factory site not only includes the Suikerpark residential project, it also comprises a 15 hectare natural park and a 15 hectare zone for regional economic activities, which will be developed by WVI in accordance with sustainable quality principles.Local supportFor this project, ION has sought the support of a leading international team, consisting of a landscape architect firm (DELVA Landscape Architects, in collaboration with ARA), an urban development agency (CroonenBuro5), three architect firms (B-architecten, A1 planning and Denc!-studio), a sustainability expert (3E, in collaboration with Denc!-studio), a communication agency (Common Ground) and the multidisciplinary engineering firm Antea. A total of 30 companies and organisations cooperate with ION to guarantee a successful project. Many of them operate locally, which is an essential condition to realise these huge ambitions. The dynamic, creative and inspiring input of all the parties involved has not only brought ION to where it is today, but will also ensure that a few years from now, Suikerpark will be a place where people love to live, work and relax.More information on the project can be found on www.suikerfabriek.be

Vesalius Project in Leuven officially introduced to the public

Unique mix of facilities in vibrant student city centreOn the 20th October, over 125 intrigued visitors discovered the many features of the prestigious Vesalius Project in Leuven. The project comprises sixty student rooms, a range of 68 apartments, a university auditorium, two cinemas, a wide variety of office and shop facilities, and a spacious entrance hall with lobby. As a consequence, this inner-city project adds real value to the vibrant student city around it.A large-scale comprehensive project with a mix of new constructions and restorations in the centre of an age-old, but still very much alive city such as Leuven is not exactly commonplace. Consequently, many people were interested in the long-awaited project visit that was hosted by developers Immobel and ION and building contractor Houben in cooperation with the magazine Bouwen aan Vlaanderen (Building Flanders). Over 125 visitors witnessed the launch of this state of the art development in dedicated presentations by Kristof Vanfleteren (ION), John Eyers (Jaspers-Eyers Architects) and Karel Luyckx (Houben). Alderman Carl Devlies for Spatial Planning also chipped in. Afterwards, everyone was invited to discover the Vesalius complex in a 45-minute tour that was concluded when drinks were served in the spacious lobby.Well-considered mixThe Vesalius Project is located at the crossroads of Vesaliusstraat, Tiensestraat, and Brabanconnestraat – adjacent to the premises of Groep T, the internationally renowned university of applied sciences for engineers. It is also located within a stone’s throw of the educational facilities of KU Leuven, the historic city centre and the epicentre of Leuven’s bars, restaurants and hotels and provides a well-considered mix of residing, shopping and working. Moreover, below surface level it accommodates an impressive circular auditorium that seats no fewer than 750, two cinemas and a cinema bar. Cosy inner squares complete the design. All in all, Vesalius occupies no fewer than 30,000 m², split over six building blocks that are grouped around outdoor areas that are open to the public. “It took 18 months before the concept was finalized,” explained Kristof Vanfleteren. “In view of the scope and location of the site we had to cope with a range of preconditions and a very large number of stakeholders. It was definitely a complicated, but also a highly fascinating project.”Dynamics were keyThe project was realized to a design by Jaspers-Eyers Architects. The main challenge was to transform the closed, uninviting site into high-quality architecture that appeals rather than repels, said John Eyers: “Dynamics were the key characteristic. Groep T acted as a bench-mark from a yin-yang perspective. Perception of the adjacent T building is focussed on the bright atrium; contrary to that, a dark outdoor atrium is pivotal in the Vesalius complex. Dynamics were also created by the accessible character of the project and integration of public facilities (cinema, retail, hotels, restaurants, bars…). A third contribution was the facade cladding, which is not composed of monochrome brickwork, but of level, ceramic cladding in three sandy shades. The playful and airy facades and the high-quality inner area ensure that the premises appear not to have ‘rear sides’. Besides, the complex is very well integrated in Leuven’s inner city. The axes of the project are aligned with nearby historic buildings. Contrasts between the variegated Vesalius facade and the uniform character of adjacent structures allows surrounding premises to stand out better. Therefore, the site is not left to its own devices, but engages its environment in the project.”Constructional featVesalius comprised both new constructions and restorations. Some 17th and 18th century facades along Tiensestraat had to be reinstated, in order to be integrated seamlessly in the development project. Along with some other features, this turned the project into a constructional feat. “Constructing detailed architecture with very strict tolerances, inserting twelve-metre deep sheet piling straight behind preserved historic facades, moving 60,000 m³ of earth in an extremely wet period, manoeuvring pre-cast I beams of 30-metre length in the narrow city centre of Leuven, creating various facades with specific dimensions, managing a crowded area with so much traffic, having little to no storage facilities on site, coping with a complicated stability issue …: we faced innumerable challenges,” said Karel Luyckx, Technical Director at Houben. “Moreover, the construction period was extremely short – construction only lasted 24 months in total. We have taken ‘just in time’ to the next level at this site. The combination of revolutionary architecture, a tight schedule and logistic challenges has undoubtedly turned Vesalius into one of our most complicated projects ever.”Immensely successfulBoth the design and construction process were no plain sailing, but the final result is very rewarding indeed. An area that has been shun for many years will be a hot spot in future. “It is an immensely project,” confirmed Carl Devlies, Alderman for Spatial Planning, “Leuven is an absolute trendsetter in the field of urban planning. The Vesalius Project is a perfect match with this philosophy. The process of revitalizing the south-east part of the city is definitely on its way, and the gap in urban tissue between ‘Beneden Tiense’ and ‘Boven Tiense’ (lower and upper Tiense) has finally been repaired. Our city will benefit from it.”

VIVES STUDENT
Kortrijk

STUDENT HOUSING (BUILD-TO-SUIT)

126 dorm rooms
1 commercial area
1 multi-functional area/bar
1 horeca area

Beau de l'air
Knokke

SENIOR HOUSING

55 service flats
19 underground parking places

SOLD
100%

Second phase of real estate project The Village completed

The Vesalius project in Tiensestraat was officially opened just yesterday, and today it was The Village’s turn. This real estate project comprises seven building volumes that have been fitted out as student rooms and offices, located in a green area that covers nearly six thousand square metres. Around this time last year, the mayor of Leuven, Louis Tobback, cut the ribbon to open the first buildings. Today the complete project was formally inaugurated.The Village was built by project developer ION on the old Davidsfonds and Studio Cinema site between Blijde Inkomststraat and Burgemeestersstraat. The head office of Davidsfonds will remain on the site, albeit in brand new offices (1,100 m2) with their entrance on Quinten Metsysplein instead of Blijde Inkomststraat. Besides that, The Village is first and foremost a modern student residence with no fewer than 246 student rooms, a vast green area (5,790 m2 of gardens) and numerous leisure facilities, including a multipurpose room with table soccer, a pool table and a separate TV room. Underground there are 74 parking spaces and a bicycle park for 298 bikes. The garden, with benches and all-weather fitness equipment, is also accessible for neighbourhood residents during the day, making the residence a genuine part of the social fabric that will result in a natural interaction between students and neighbourhood residents.For the design of The Village, ION worked with the renowned architectural firm Jaspers-Eyers, which has a branch in Tervuursevest and thus a strong link with Leuven. The design is a huge success, proven by the fact that all the units have already been sold. Jaspers-Eyers also designed the Vesalius complex, which was opened yesterday. With its cinemas and retail complex, Vesalius is reviving student life in the Mussenwijk area of Leuven, along with The Village, making sure that high-quality student housing continues to be available in sufficient quantities.The Village8,018 m2 land surface, of which 5,790 m2 are gardens 7 building volumes 246 student rooms 74 parking spaces for cars 298 parking spaces for bikes 1,100 m2 of offices 8,225 m2 useable built area above ground 3,785 m2 useable built area underground

Cypres
Knokke

SENIOR HOUSING

54 service flats
43 underground parkings

SOLD
100%

Opening of mixed-use real estate complex Vesalius Leuven

Putting Tiensestraat back on the mapToday the alderman for spatial planning in Leuven, Carl Devlies, and his colleague Mohamed Ridouani, responsible for education and real estate, officially opened the Vesalius real estate project. The complex is located between Vesaliusstraat, Brabançonnestraat and Tiensestraat, covering about thirty thousand square metres and containing facilities that include apartments, student flats, various commercial buildings, an underground car park, a cinema and an auditorium.About five years ago, the Leuven Guild of Crafts and Trades decided to sell the derelict land and buildings on the former Groep T site in Tiensestraat. After a contest, the project was placed in the hands of developers Immobel and ION, who have turned it into a mixed-purpose complex in partnership with Jaspers-Eyers. A number of listed facades have been respectfully integrated into the design.Art house cinemaThe project was handed over today, just over a year after the first stone was laid by Alderman Devlies. With a useable surface area of about 30,000 m2, the complex contains 69 flats, 60 student rooms, 10 commercial units, 179 underground parking spaces, two cinemas and an auditorium.The cinemas will be run by vzw Fonk, which will focus on alternative film. The auditorium seats 740, making it the second largest in Leuven. Like the cinemas, it is located underground. The University of Leuven owns both the cinemas and the auditorium.Bringing new life to the neighbourhoodVesalius is expected to revive trade in Tiensestraat and also establish an organic connection between Boven Tiensestraat (between Hooverplein and the ring road) and the city centre. The courtyard of the complex is open to the public and there will also be a culture pub linked to the cinemas. The Vesalius project is already about 85% occupied, with only about 10% of the existing commercial space still available.

Zilverduin
De Haan

SENIOR HOUSING

70 service flats
30 underground parking places

SOLD
100%

Caught on camera at the Great Flanders Steeple Chase

ION pulls off another sensational stunt at the ultimate horse-racing eventAfter last year’s eye-catching mobile Skybox, project developer ION will be turning heads once more at this year’s Great Flanders Steeple Chase, locally known as Waregem Koerse. The Waregem-based company will be setting up a full-fledged photo studio where visitors can have their picture taken … on horseback.By way of digital manipulation, of course. The studio will feature a chroma key: a green screen that allows for the photographed subjects to be added seamlessly into a pre-existing image — in this case onto a horse, right as it’s jumping over the nearby Gaverbeek.With this initiative, ION aims to promote Waregem Business Park, its ambitious architectural office complex that is set to open in 2018, just a stone’s throw from the legendary hippodrome.Just like Willy and Marie-Jeanne Everyone who has their picture taken at the ION booth will be given a photo slip with the result, and the pictures will also be automatically published to ION’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/IONDevelopDifferent). People who then go and tag themselves in this online photo album stand a chance to win a Waregem Voucher with a value of €500. ION also had an advertisement created for the photo booth, featuring two very special models: none other than the ever-photogenic Willy Naessens and his wife Marie-Jeanne.Waregem Business Park Construction for the brand-new Waregem Business Park is now underway, and this complex — spanning five buildings — will be inaugurated in the spring of 2018. Its unapologetically modern architecture and central location are proving quite popular, as 75% of the available surfaces have already been allocated. ION itself will occupy the central building.

Flint
Leuven

STUDENT HOUSING

205 student rooms
studios with polyvalent space and outside green space
66 underground parkings

SOLD
100%

The Village
Leuven

STUDENT HOUSING & OFFICES (BUILD-TO-SUIT)

7 buildings with 246 student rooms
1.100 m² commercial space for Davidsfonds
74 underground parkings
298 underground bicycle sheds

SOLD
100%

Zilverhof
Diegem

SENIOR HOUSING

108 service flats
64 underground parking places
Carrefour Express

SOLD
100%

Rue Célidée
Brussel

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

96 residential units – price starting at 90.000 EUR
underground parkings

Filmtheaters
Leuven

STUDENT HOUSING

109 student rooms
32 underground parking places
retail unit

Vives
Kortrijk

STUDENT HOUSING (BUILT TO SUIT)

93 student rooms
40 underground garage boxes
6 townhouses

VIVES Hogeschool Noord’s Construction department staying in Ostend; Cleantech coming to Ostend.

Vives Hogeschool Noord has decided that in 2018 its Construction department will be moving from the Zeedijk to the building on Lijndraaiersstraat that currently serves as the post office sorting centre. In addition, its Cleantech department is coming to Ostend. Student accommodation will be built on the new campus, adjoining the college on IJskelderstraat. Bpost will be moving its sorting centre to Plassendale 3 (beside the motorway).To facilitate the college's new tenancy, ION Holding will be buying the current sorting centre and handing it over to AGGB (Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf voor Grond- en Bouwbeleid), the City Council's arm's-length landowner, who will be taking out a long-term lease on it. In turn, AGGB will sub-let the building to Vives Hogeschool Noord. It was important to Vives to secure a new location that was well situated. Another key consideration for the college was to be able to add on student facilities. To this end, AGGB will sell its premises on IJskelderstraat, right next to the college, to Vives to build 50 to 55 student rooms, in partnership with ION Holding. So this active involvement by the council has found a solution for housing both the college building and the student accommodation.“Vives will be running its Construction course in the current postal sorting centre, and will also be bringing its Cleantech department, currently run from Kortrijk, to Ostend as of 1 September 2018,” said the city's Mayor Johan Vande Lanotte. “This agreement is great for Ostend. It secures Vives’ presence in Ostend for the years ahead. There was some pressure to move the campus to Bruges, but the City Council's decisive action has warded off that risk. We are grateful to Vives for the positive way they have worked with us. Both of the college courses involved will be well able to flourish in their new location.”

Vesalius
Leuven

MIXED URBAN DEVELOPMENT

68 appartments
60 studios
10 retail units
movie theater
auditorium
174 underground parkings