This abandoned brewery will be transformed into 89 residential units

It’s a real challenge. The conversion of a brewery complex in Armentières in the north (59) into a building with 89 residential units ranging from studios to 4-bedroom duplexes presents some obstacles. Built after the First World War, the building is more than impressive: it actually housed the largest brewery in Armentières. It therefore does not offer the classic volumes of residential buildings, but huge areas that enable the development of the loft spirit.

In addition, this flagship of the era of Flemish architecture, listed as a historical monument in 1999, has been abandoned. The Motte Cordonnier brewery operated for nearly 70 years before shutting down in 1993 and closing its doors for good 25 years ago. A true industrial wasteland. “We need to rehabilitate rather than let heritage perish. We have been doing this for 30 years and we are very proud of it. Here heritage takes on its full meaning with the symbol of this success in the service of the territory, but also of current problems, namely the preservation of heritage, housing and of course the environment.», points out Arnaud Baudel, Deputy Director General for History and Heritage, who is in charge of restoring the site.

Wasteland converted into housing

The first phase was handed over two years after the start of the project in September 2021. The former factory yard, which was handed over to the European capital of Lille, resembles an esplanade. A common garden was created by the banks. There are still 12 pieces left for sale. For rental apartments, the rent is in line with market prices and is around €439 (including fees) for a 26 m² studio and a parking space or €565 (including fees) for a 37 m² 2-room apartment. with a parking space, EUR 710 (fees included) for a 3-room apartment with a parking space. The first tenants are starting to move in.

This is not the first unused industrial gem that Histoire & Patrimoine has brought back to life. In 2022, the Grands Moulins de Paris in Marquette-lez-Lille, closed for 30 years, were renovated for housing. This mill ceased operation in 1989, with 57 employees still working on site. “My father was the technical director of a flour factory and today I am helping to revive it», Dominique Legrand, mayor of Marquette-lez-Lille in the Hauts-de-France (59), declared without emotion. The territory of the European capital of Lille includes numerous industrial wastelands, which today are writing a new page of its history.

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