Ghent, Belgium (shopping centre & accommodation)
‘Shopping Overpoort’ is a shopping centre situated in the centre of Ghent, with a lettable surface area of 3,600 m² divided into seven units (Albert Heijn, Jims Fitness, Kruidvat...) and student accommodation containing 119 partially-furnished rooms. The repurposed building used to be the former restaurant of Ghent University. With its metal structure, concrete slabs and glass curtain walls, it was hallmarked as one of the first 'modernist' buildings of the town from the early 1970s. The business concept is based on the proximity and the diversity of students as well as the local population.
The commercial part of the building was awarded a 'Very good' BREEAM certificate.
Surface area of retail units | 3,600 m²
Surface area of student accommodation | 3,700 m² | 119 rooms
The Overpoort shopping centre is located on a trunk road leading towards the town centre.
The prestigious faculties of Ghent University are distributed along this axis. The shopping centre occupies an ideal location in the vicinity of 'Heuvelpoort', an intermodal crossroads on the peripheral roads of the town and close to the B401 motorway.