New Belgium chapter on the horizon for ASAP

In response to apartment demand across Europe, ASAP has announced its latest collaboration with one of Belgium’s leading accommodation providers. The new opportunity, with Quality Accredited member BBF (Brussels Business Flats), highlights ASAP’s continuing international growth and marks the beginning of a new chapter for the globally recognized accrediting body. BBF operates more than 1,600 serviced apartments in Brussels and other important cities. The ASAP Quality Accreditation is the leading global quality assessment, recognition and reporting system for the industry. James Foice, Chief Executive of ASAP, said: “I am incredibly excited for ASAP’s new venture into Belgium and beyond. We are so grateful for the opportunity to expand, evolve and grow as an association. We are looking to further explore other major areas of the world that are in need of additional, trusted apartment accommodation but for now, this second European chapter for ASAP is very exciting and we can’t wait to see what else is to come.” Serviced apartment demand has seen an increase over the past 12 months, with more people relocating for employment and it being a comparably cheaper option to other accommodation services. Joël Vanmellaert, Managing Director of BBF, said: “Belgium, especially Brussels with international institutions, has had a thriving market of serviced apartments for years. To date, however, there is no real representation of our industry. Therefore it is certainly an enrichment for the serviced apartment market to start with a Belgian chapter of ASAP. The accrediting body has been a major promoter for our industry. We hope that this local chapter can also grow into the local representative of reliable and professional providers.”
ASAP aims to ensure consumer confidence in booking a serviced apartment and this now stems to guests booking their accommodation across the world. The ASAP stamp of approval is recognized across the globe as the leading accreditation in the industry. James added: “Having the support of BBF strengthens our bond with the European market, a topic we will also be addressing at this year’s ASAP Convention. We also plan to secure further partnerships across the globe over the next five years. BBF are a great team and company to have on board, offering some really fantastic apartments across Brussels and we’re proud to have them support this new opportunity for our industry.”

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Max-Sur-Zenne: Improving the living environment in the Northern Quarter of Brussels

  • September 12, 2023
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Max-Sur-Zenne: Improving the living environment in the Northern Quarter of Brussels

Something’s brewing in the area around Brussels North Station. Max-sur-Zenne is a grand project aimed at improving the living environment of Brussels residents. This initiative focuses on creating a corner of the city where nature thrives, offering residents a tranquil space to easily move around and relax in a pleasant environment.

View from BBF Serviced Apartment Maximilian Park

Restoring the Zenne River to it's Natural State

Max-sur-Zenne encompasses various elements aimed at creating a harmonious environment for residents. The centrepiece of this initiative is the renovation of Maximilian Park and the development of a 650-meter stretch along the Zenne River. The Zenne has been flowing underneath the park for years. By allowing it to flow freely in the open air, the project reconnects the community with the natural beauty of the river.

Another key feature of the revitalized Zenne River, is the preservation and transformation of the original tunnel into a picturesque promenade. This long promenade, adorned with lush greenery and vibrant flowers, will stretch from the historic Maximiliaanhoeve to Vergotedok. Consequently, it will offer residents and visitors a scenic pathway to explore and enjoy. Additionally, walkways will be strategically built along the riverbanks, providing opportunities for people to get closer to the water and immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings.


How Reopening the Zenne River benefits the inhabitants of the Northern Quarter

The benefits of reopening rivers that were once covered extend far beyond aesthetics. The Max-sur-Zenne project recognizes the importance of reconnecting cities with their rivers and the positive impact it has on urban environments. By reopening the Zenne River, Noordwijk and Brussels as a whole will experience several advantages:

  • Improved Mobility and Connectivity: The project promotes soft mobility, encouraging sustainable modes of transportation such as walking and cycling. Furthermore, the reopening of the Zenne River will also connect different areas of the neighbourhood, fostering a sense of unity and accessibility.
  • Biodiversity Conservation: By preserving existing planted areas and creating new ones, the project provides habitats for various species. Particularly birds attracted to cool and humid environments. This commitment to biodiversity conservation is crucial at a time when natural habitats are increasingly threatened.
  • Quality of Life: The revitalization of the Zenne River will contribute to a quieter and less polluted neighbourhood. As a result, residents will enjoy the benefits of a serene and pleasant environment, promoting well-being and a higher quality of life.

The Max-sur-Zenne project is set to commence construction in the first quarter of 2025, We are excited to witness the transformation of the neighbourhood and the positive impact it will have on our residents’ lives.

*Disclaimer: The Max-sur-Zenne project is led by Leefmilieu Brussel, Brussel Mobiliteit, and the City of Brussels. Our company is not directly involved in the project but is excited to witness its positive impact on the neighbourhood.

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Discover Initium, our newest serviced apartment residence in Antwerp.

BBF Apartments opens Initium, our newest serviced apartment residence in Antwerp.

BBF Apartments is excited to announce the launch of our newest residence, Initium, in Antwerp, Belgium. Initium is a modern apartment complex located only 10 minutes from the city centre and Central Station, making it the perfect home away from home for ex-pats and business travellers.

A picture of he facade of Initium, a new residence in Antwerp by BBf Apartments.

Stay in Style and Comfort at Initium

Initium offers a range of accommodation options, including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Our short-, mid-, and long-term rental packages are combined with professional services, making it easy for tenants to settle in and feel at home. Renting an apartment with BBF also allows all foreign tenants to register in the local town hall according to European Law.

Initium is designed to meet the needs of modern travellers, with high-quality amenities and services that make it easy to work, relax, and enjoy your stay. Each apartment is fully furnished and equipped with everything you need to feel at home, including a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living area, and high-speed internet access.

Antwerp, a vibrant city.

Antwerp is an important business hub in Europe, with a large harbour that handles a wide range of cargo. The city is also known for its long-term infrastructure projects that aim to improve its accessibility, mobility, and sustainability. These projects include the expansion of the ring road, the construction of a new lock and a new tunnel, and the development of smart city solutions.

Enjoy a Hassle-Free Stay with BBF Apartments' Professional Services

Our professional services include housekeeping, maintenance, and 24/7 customer support, ensuring that our guests have everything they need to enjoy a hassle-free stay. We also offer additional services such as airport transfers, grocery delivery, and laundry services, making it easy to focus on what matters most.

At BBF Apartments, we’re committed to providing our guests with the highest quality accommodation and services. Our future development plans in Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen, Leuven, and Brussels make us an attractive option for those looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay in Belgium. With more than 1600 units in top locations in Antwerp and Brussels, BBF Apartments is a trusted provider of serviced and residential apartments.

To learn more about Initium, our latest residence in Antwerp, click here.

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Self-Isolation Made Easy with BBF’s Serviced Apartments

  • August 11, 2020
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Self-Isolation Made Easy with BBF’s Serviced Apartments

Many employees are looking to return to Brussels for work, but with Belgium requiring 14 days of self-isolation, the big question is, how can you return safely? Below is a quick guide to help you return to Belgium safely and make your 14 day self-isolation easy.  Plus, some helpful links and information from the Belgian government to keep you up-to-date on the latest advice and guidelines.

Travelling to Belgium

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When you first arrive in Belgium, you are most likely going to arrive via The Brussels Airport in Zaventem.  The airport’s website provides useful information on the hygiene measures that must be maintained while inside the airport as well as many other links to information for your arrival.   This includes:

  • Necessary social distancing measures
  • The need for mandatory face masks
  • Pick up and public transportation options available
  • Airport lounge, shop opening information
  • and more
You can find additional information here.

Self-Isolating for 14 Days with BBF

One of the requirements for re-entry into Belgium is self-isolation at home for 14 days.  Here at BBF Apartments, we have you covered with everything you need to be able to self isolate safely.

Self Check-in

All BBF Apartments have self check-in facilities in the building or located nearby.  This means that when you arrive, you don’t have to worry about social distancing, just enter in your safe code, grab your check-in envelope with keys and head straight to your apartment.

Fully Equipped Kitchens

You will be able to self-isolate comfortably in our serviced apartments with their fully equipped kitchens.   No need to worry about ordering expensive or fatty takeout each night, our kitchens include:

  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery
  • Glasses and cups
  • bowls and plates
  • Washing towels
  • and more to allow you to cook at home
Wondering how to get your food?  Belgium has a variety of food stores that offer home delivery services.  For a comprehensive guide of home delivery services available in Brussels check out this list provided by Expats In Brussels.

24/7 Emergency Help Line

With BBF, you’re never alone.  Our serviced apartments have access to help 24/7. If you have an emergency outside of our office hours, you can contact our emergency call centre and they will be able to assist.

In-house Maintenance

Another perk of staying with BBF while you’re self-isolating is our in-house maintenance team. If something stops working, you can lodge a maintenance request immediately, day or night using our BBF Serviced Apartments App.  This request goes directly to our maintenance team who will visit your apartment to fix the problem, while following our COVID safety guidelines.

Professional Cleaning Services

The BBF Cleaning team uses the highest standards to ensure the safety and well-being of our tenants.  Our serviced apartments are cleaned every two weeks by one of our professional cleaning staff members.  When cleaning they take the following actions to ensure your safety:

  • Hydro-alcoholic gel between apartments
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Permission from tenant
  • Social Distancing
  • Products
  • Safety First
  • Changing Linen
  • Safety Actions Between Apartments

For a comprehensive guide on each of these steps check out our COVID-19 update. 

ISAAP Accreditation

Still unsure? Don’t take our word for it. BBF Apartments holds ISAAP Accreditation, an internationally recognised quality assessment standard from the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASA), the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) and the Global Alliance of Serviced Accommodation (GASA).

General Government Advice & Information

The Belgian Government has created a COVID19 website available in English, French, Dutch and German to assist with understanding what precautions and actions should be followed. If you are staying in Brussels, there is also a dedicated coronavirus website providing basic information on hygiene and safety measures. Important: For international travellers arriving in Belgium, a 14 day self-isolation period is required. 
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