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Brussels will soon have its first open-air swimming pool on the roofs of the Abattoir in Anderlecht

10 months ago, the Brussels Region issued the planning permit for the Manufakture building on the Abattoir site, intended to accommodate companies producing and processing food products. The project also included structural reinforcement so that the building could support a rooftop swimming pool.

The Brussels' regional government has definitively approved the project of an indoor and outdoor swimming pool in this place. It is now up to the SAU, the Brussels Urban Development Company, to make the project a reality and study the possibilities of exploitation.

"This is a wonderful Christmas present for all Brussels residents! I have worked long and hard to reach this decision and I am obviously very happy that we can finally build a public open-air swimming pool in Brussels" rejoices Pascal Smet, Brussels State Secretary in charge of town planning.

More than 15 years after an aborted outdoor swimming pool project along the canal, the Region finally lands on this file which comes up on the agenda every summer. The cost of the project is currently estimated at 20.2 million euros for the indoor and outdoor pools. Flanders will participate with 3.4 million.

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