“The Grand” is an ambitious renovation project, converting the former ‘Le Grand Hôtel’ or ‘White Residence’ in Nieuwpoort into a residential building. The building has fallen into disrepair since the sixties. VDD Project Development is now undertaking a comprehensive and unique renovation of this listed building. The company’s intention is to restore ‘The Grand’ to its former grandeur, transforming it into an architectural beachfront gem, in time for its centenary.
The new ‘The Grand’ will have various different functions. The building will become a residential building with 70 new private apartments, with a surface area in the range of 48 to 230 sqm. The historic bar and brasserie on the ground floor will be restored and space created for retail (3 units) on the side of Albert I-laan, in addition to a swimming pool and spa at the basement level.
VDD started from a strong sense of responsibility for the building for its plans. Ecology and sustainability thus play an important role. In fact, the repurposing of ‘The Grand’ is an exemplary project in that sense.
In terms of the building’s architecture, we are fully committed to circular building design. This means that we will reuse existing materials where possible before relying on new elements. How we use energy is also an important point for attention. We have opted for green energy throughout. Various modern and sustainable techniques are used to keep the total energy consumption to a minimum. Use will be made of geothermal energy, solar panels and maximum recovery of the heat produced. The building will thus be heated and cooled without fossil fuels.” Thibaut De Vos, director of VDD Project Development
Zeedijk 10, Nieuwpoort
Zeedijk 10, Hendrikaplein 1-9, Albert I-laan 112-118, 8620 Nieuwpoort
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