The impressive St Peter's Abbey in Ghent was probably founded at the end of the seventh century, but only really came into its own in the ninth century as a Benedictine monastery. Throughout the centuries, the site has known periods of development and decay and has had several uses. At present, the imposing monastery is used as a museum and office for IVA Historic Houses Ghent, among other things.
We were commissioned to draw up a heritage management plan and masterplan for the site, which includes the church, the monastery, the brewery, the casemates, the stables and the garden. For the heritage management, the challenge was to review the many different construction periods. Each time, the question arose as to which historical phase we should return to. The masterplan reconciles the historical character of the site with the contemporary requirements for, among other things, accessibility and sustainability.