We are building a new home as part of the residential service of La Maisonnée in Ittre, Brussels. This house will accommodate ten of the most vulnerable people (double diagnosis - combination of mental disability and mental illness).
Our project was selected by the Walloon Region, meaning that we will receive funding for all operating costs. (https://www.aviq.be/)
Construction began in December 2019.After the pandemic initial phase,construction work resumed in mid-May.The roof installation was completed.
Unfortunately ,we had to face the bankruptcy of the general contractor due to the Covid crisis.
We managed to break the contract before the bankruptcy was declared, which avoided any financial impact.
Good news started to arrive again at the beginning of 2021. First of all, we received the agreement of the AViQ to resume the urgent work, which was done at the end of March.
Then the new call for tenders that was imposed on us for the end of the work enabled us to select a company for the interior work.
The exterior work was completed in the Autumn with the installation of facade cladding and window frames - see photo.
The work on the exterior was completed in the autumn of 2021 with the installation of the façade cladding and window frames.
The work on the interior has now been completed.
Provisional acceptance took place on 28 June. After lengthy negotiations with the AViQ and a very positive meeting with all participants involved, a positive decision was taken and La Toûne will open on the 2nd of January 2023.
We are happy to have been able to complete this project despite all the obstacles we encountered, the need to revise the first architect's plans, plans that were flawed, the bankruptcy of the main contractor due to Covid, the need to redo the tender in order to respect the legal formalities and, finally, the negotiations on the operating budget in the context of the difficulties we are all currently experiencing.
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