The city of Lommel is looking for a multidisciplinary design team to realize a new youth centre. By choosing the Adelbergpark site, young people will be given a prominent place in the heart of the city and the city authorities will continue to build up a lively, contemporary city centre with a mix of functions.
Lommel is a beautiful and dynamic city in North Limburg, surrounded by versatile and pure nature: a green oasis of tranquility, stillness and relaxation, but also bustling with life and activity. Innovation and entrepreneurship are high on the agenda. In addition, Lommel is building a warm, bicycle-friendly city, where life is good for young and old to live, work and play. We want to connect neighbourhoods, inspire visitors, support associations and young people, and give entrepreneurs every opportunity so that functions and generations can cross paths in the heart of the city.
The new youth centre is the result of the need for a future-oriented and firmly rooted, broad youth policy, with a youth centre as a central and easily accessible meeting place. In concrete terms, the youth centre is a place where the light is on, where someone is always available and where young people are welcome. It must become a place where young people are inspired, stimulated and supported in various ways and by various actors. The focus is on social and creative leisure experiences – participating, organizing and facilitating. The youth service tries to encourage young people to work with their ideas and dreams. Creative initiatives can grow into young entrepreneurship in the centre.
The youth centre will also be home to the OverKop house, an accessible walk-in and activity centre for young people up to the age of 25. Here, primary care services and organizations with a link to education or the stepping stone to the labour market work together for all young people. This is also where the youth development worker and the youth networker are to be found. This is where the second focus lies: well-being, welfare and education.
A third focus is a broad and transversal youth reflex, different municipal services and partners cooperating horizontally. The municipal events department will be housed in the youth centre, which will immediately ensure ties in with the vision for the development of the site. The project zone is located next to the municipal cultural centre De Adelberg and the commercial cinema complex UGC, and near Tourism Lommel and the GlazenHuis, the Flemish centre for contemporary glass art. The choice of the project zone is based on the ambition to develop a high-quality leisure site.
The project zone is located on the Groene Parels route, which establishes a visible physical connection between the Burgemeesterspark and the Prinses Astridpark, two hidden green gems in the city centre, with the Groene Doorsteek in the middle of the route and in the core shopping area. The youth centre will therefore connect to this qualitative landscape drawing, with the implementation of green (rest) areas within or next to the project zone.
Special attention will also be paid to respect for the surroundings and the existing buildings around the project zone and the nearby Prinses Astridpark. The new building will complete the building block and enter into a dialogue with the surrounding buildings. The designers are therefore expected to pay particular attention to a harmonious integration in the context.
In short, the designers are taking on a challenging assignment. They must seek a balance between the various functions and the shared use of space with, for example, hot desks, but with attention for the circulation of the young visitors and staff, and for the various forms of leisure experience and well-being. A creative meeting space with special attention to acoustics should preferably be located in a (semi) recessed area.
New flows of visitors mean added value for the dynamics of the city centre, but they must not cause any inconvenience to the surroundings and the local residents. Attention to greenery and open space is not only in line with the development of the landscape, but can also provide an answer as a controlled hangout to the demand from young people for casual meetings.
The city authorities of Lommel attach great importance to the development of sustainable projects and therefore expect expertise in terms of sustainable and energy-efficient construction, accessibility, acoustics and climate control. The designers are also expected to provide space for an intense participatory process in the (early) design phase, whereby, together with the commissioning authority, a dialogue is established with the most important stakeholders, users and local residents of the youth centre. Lastly, insofar as possible, the content and design will be linked to Lommel’s Kernkompas and DNA.
Included in the assignment
the architectural study,
- the stability study;
- the study of the climate and all special techniques, including EPB reporting: HVAC, sanitary facilities, electricity, telephony, data, fire detection and protection, burglary prevention and access control, sound and video, building management systems, time recording and lifts;
- the complete study of the acoustics: sound insulation with regard to the neighbours, outside noise, between the rooms themselves, the other public and non-public spaces, and the noise level in the rooms;
- the study of the layout of the outdoor space and landscaping;
- the study of the interior design, including fixed and loose furniture;
- the organization of the procedure for appointing the safety coordinator.
Exclusion, selection- and award criteria
Please read the selection guideline. There you can find:
- the grounds for exclusion
- the selection criteria (suitability and technical and professional competence)
- the award criteria
- the description of the evidence and documents to be submitted
All-inclusive study assignment for the construction of a new youth centre in Lommel
- Project description
Mededingingsprocedure met onderhandeling
€2.600.000 (excl. VAT) (excl. Fees)
Fee basis between 10% and 12% (architecture, including stability, techniques and layout of the surroundings)
€12,500 (excl. VAT) per candidate - selection limited to 4 candidates