Who’s who?

The contractor: Cafasso

Cafasso NV was appointed by the Belgian federal government (via the Belgian Buildings Agency) on the basis of a DBFM [Design, Build, Finance & Maintenance] contract. This entails that Cafasso NV is responsible for the design, construction and financing of the project and for the maintenance and facility management of the complex such as cleaning, catering and the maintenance of the green areas.

Cafasso NV is composed of three shareholders: Macquarie Corporate Holdings PTY Limited, FCC Construcción S.A. and DENYS N.V.
Denys NV, the Belgian partner of the consortium, is a multidisciplinary group that specialises in water, energy, mobility, civil engineering, restoration and special techniques. This unique diversification makes Denys a popular partner for complex construction projects and infrastructure works in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
FCC Construcción S.A, headquartered in Spain, can bank on more than 100 years of experience in major projects such as infrastructure works, environmental services, water management and construction works across the globe.
Macquarie Corporate Holdings PTY Limited is an Australian investment bank and financial services provider.

The realisation (design and construction) on behalf of Cafasso NV will be ensured by DENYS N.V. and FCC Construcción S.A. jointly. Long-term maintenance and facility services will be guaranteed via a joint venture between ENGIE Cofely NV, Denys Support NV and Heyday Facility Management BV.




The principal: The Belgian Building Agency

The Belgian Building Agency is the Federal State’s real-estate manager. Its portfolio comprises a staggering 7 million m² of real estate, divided across 1,035 sites. It provides the federal public services and a number of international institutions with a qualitative infrastructure. Its core business consists of managing real-estate stock, facility management, renovation, restoration and construction projects.


The client: Federal Public Service Justice

The FPS Justice is a large organisation with a range of mandates, such as:

  • Preparing and implementing legislation and supporting the Minister for Justice in the areas within his competence.
  • Providing the judiciary with assistance and operational support, with coordination and organisational development being a key priority.
  • Monitoring the proper implementation of legal and administrative decisions so as to guarantee legal certainty and the equal treatment of all parties.

The FPS Justice is subdivided into directorates-general and staff services. The prisons are managed by the Directorate-General for Correctional Facilities. Belgium numbers 34 prisons: 16 in Flanders, 16 in Wallonia and 2 in Brussels.
In Belgium, there are various types of institutions or prisons to accommodate specific groups of detainees:

  • We distinguish between remand centres and correctional facilities. Remand centres are prisons for people awaiting sentencing. Correctional facilities are prisons for people who were convicted of a crime. In practice however, most prisons cater for both convicts and people on remand.
  • Closed prisons, i.e. the ‘traditional’ prisons, are equipped with every conceivable surveillance and security feature such as enclosure walls, bars, safety detection systems, etc.
  • Here, detainees remain within the prison walls at all times. Activities are organised within the facility and depending on the regime. Closed prisons serve both as remand centres and as correctional facilities.
  • In our semi-open prisons, detainees are allowed to work in the prison’s workshops or outside of the prison by day. At night, they are confined to their cells.
  • The security measures in our open prisons are less stringent. Detainees staying in an open prison voluntarily agreed to follow a rehabilitation programme with minimum coercive measures after they were deemed suitable by the prison administration. The idea is to prepare them for reintegration into society once they are released.
  • A last group of detainees are the internees, i.e. people who committed a crime but were declared of unsound mind by the court. The active drive towards building new centres will ensure that each internee is given a suitable place in a care environment.