Charleroi: a new 140-room hotel in the Lower Town by 2025

The first blows of the mechanical shovel have just been given. The Bemat company has started the building and construction of what will become the Hôtel Van der Valk Charleroi Centre. The hotel infrastructure, of the 4-star “superior” category, will rise on an area of ​​the Left Side Business Park website, next to the new building occupied by the FGTB: the deed of acquisition was signed this Wednesday by Ben Wohrmann, already CEO of the Hôtel Van der Valk Charleroi Airport.

The future hotel will have 140 rooms, a dining establishment, aura child own parking on two floors, conference spaces on one floor, as well as an indoor swimming pool and health spaces, like the hotels in Nivelles and Mons of the Dutch group. A leading roofing system will allow you to enjoy a 360° view of the city. Hundreds of solar panels are also planned ” The investment is around 30 millionEUR, indicates Ben Wohrmann. About seventy full temperature equivalents will be occupied there.”

Bemat’s first task is to carry out the first soil tests in order to determine the bearing capacity of the surface and define the depth of the second piles from the month of August. The building and construction company will be able to rely on the expertise it has acquired with the construction of the FGTB building. Didier Balériaux, administrator and general manager, does not rule out coming across “buried massifs” which could be remains of factories, or repetition on a old bridge of the Sambre, the place being formerly the old bed of the river. In this case, the Walloon Heritage Agency would be notified. Including the intervention of the latter, the work will last at the optimum two years, predicts the CEO, could open in the summer of 2025.

Should we fear hotel overcapacity in the city center where is the Novotel already installed? “There is rental put promote the world” , retorts the customer. Firstly because projects are taking shape in Charleroi (A6K-E6K development, future Aerospacelab factory), a hotel has disappeared (Leonardo). “I have been in Gosselies for 18 years, and I know what customers want. With us, overnight stays represent 40 to 50% of turnover, which is less than at the Novotel Events, the dining establishment and the bar are at least as important to us.”

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