2019/38 – Operation of the Winter Circus (concession for services)

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Sogent is looking for partners to manage and operate the Winter Circus complex. The partners and sogent will set up a company to this end.

The Winter Circus will become the most important meeting place in the city centre by 2022. A hub for tech, start-up and scale-up companies will be created around the central courtyard, which will be accessible to all and support the organisation of all kinds of activities. A 500-capacity rock hall is already located under the central arena. During the current, second stage of the renovation, work is underway to provide room for a café, restaurant, foyer and community spaces at the site.

To achieve all this, sogent is looking for partners who want to help in the finishing, implementation and operation of the Winter Circus as from the beginning of 2022. Within the scope of this design and operation assignment, sogent will set up a new legal entity, more in particular a Special Purpose Vehicle (or 'SPV').

The selection guidelines contains comprehensive information about the Winter Circus, our vision and ambitions for this project and the participation procedure.

The submission date for the Wintercircus exploitation selection phase is postponed from Monday 16 March 2020 at 10:00 am to September 24th 2020 at 10:00 am (morning). This decision was taken due to the corona measurements to allow as many interested parties as possible to submit the fullest possible application. We hope that this decision will provide you with more breathing space for the submission of your application.

Candidates who have already submitted their candidacy have the option of withdrawing their file, making changes and resubmitting the complete file before September 24th, 2020 at 10:00 am (morning)..

You can download the selection guidelines here after registering once on this website.


Sogent would like to explain the procedure to all interested parties. This way, candidates know where they stand and questions can be asked. On Wednesday 5 February, therefore, sogent organized an information moment in De Krook, where project manager Bernard Ottevaere explained the spatial program and the renovation of the Winter Circus and Mr. Wim Rasschaert provided legal explanation of the selection guide and the procedure.

You can download the presentation in dutch of that information evening on this page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact file manager Rebecca De Vos (rebecca.devos@sogent.be).

Rebecca De Vos
09 269 69 73