This retail park, often still referred to as the “old Bigg’s”, is home to one of the largest Carrefour hypermarkets in Belgium and has always been appreciated by customers for its accessibility. The new design, modernised infrastructure and expanded retail offer make Waterloo BIX a shopping destination that will be even more popular with visitors in the future. Waterloo BIX is located near the famous Lion Hill and was first home to a SARMA (former department store) in the 1970s before becoming one of the two
BIGG’s hypermarkets in Belgium in 1994 and finally a Carrefour hypermarket since the early 2000s.
In order to modernise the retail park and make it future-proof, an in-depth redevelopment of its architecture and infrastructure was required. The project involved, on the one hand, a complete renovation of all the buildings that have been preserved (Carrefour hypermarket, Lunch Garden and McDonalds restaurants, Sports Direct store as well as all the shops in the mall) and, on the other hand, an extension of the site by adding new commercial units to accommodate a Brico Planit store, Auto5 and Carglass garages, a Shell petrol pump, a Medi-Market para-pharmacy, a TUI travel agency and a Kojump trampoline park. The outdoor car park has also been completely redesigned and enhanced with 500 underground spaces. A large roundabout was built at the Media Markt in partnership with local authorities, along with the integration of cycle paths and safe pedestrian walks, to improve all types of mobility in and around the complex.
Numerous measures have also been taken to optimise the sustainability of the buildings, such as the installation of intensive green roofs and a BREEAM ‘very good’ certification for the new constructions.