OMGEVING worked with art historian Anne-Mie Havermans and architects Veerle Nys & Luc De Backer to create a management plan for the protected village centre of Wambeek, a suburb of Ternat. One of the main challenges of this assignment was to find a symbiosis between the heritage values and the contemporary use by its inhabitants. In this characteristic rural community in the Pajottenland region, there is a charming cemetery, enclosed by a brick wall and the authentic village centre, right next to the St Remigius church. This architectural heritage combined with the landscape heritage structures and elements make the village centre a unique and historical spot.
The historical context, the valuable graves and the numerous characteristic façades determine the identity and are the basis from which the entire area will be upgraded to a remarkable village centre that also meets today’s usage standards and needs. The management plan was made in connection with a clear vision of the future to anchor this heritage in the future spatial policy of the municipality. The plan offers a framework for future developments on both private plots, such as new developments or facade renovations, as well as on the public area, such as upgrading the cemetary or redesigning the town centre facing the church.