Aquafin aspires to ensure clean waterways and an environment that’s in harmony with water. Our water purification infrastructure is spread all over Flanders, and in addition we have a head office in Aartselaar plus branch offices in Herentals, Ghent and Leuven. You will find most of our staff where there is water: in our sewage purification plants, on sites where infrastructure is being built and renovated, or in the streets, where they maintain sewers and pumping stations.
The head office in Aartselaar is the home base for about 500 people, some of whom work there every day while others are only present for a few days per month. These buildings no longer fulfil the social, ecological and/or technological needs. We have deliberately chosen not to move, but to do a thorough renovation. From prior research it appears that in terms of both location and existing infrastructure the site offers many opportunities. The assignment includes the design and execution of the renovation of the head office on three plots of land, and the layout of the grounds.
Campus Aquafin is intended to act as a catalyst for worthwhile encounters and the exchange of knowledge, and links staff up to their colleagues, customers and suppliers, and to the organisation, in an open culture.
The chief elements:
Campus Aquafin, for our staff
The basis is a healthy, agreeable and comfortable work environment. In addition, the campus stimulates creativity, enterprise and mutual dynamics. Each member of staff feels welcome, regardless of where he or she normally works. A suitable work environment is provided for all activities, anytime, anywhere.
Campus Aquafin, in complete harmony with its surroundings
We want to reinforce the added value that Campus Aquafin brings to its surroundings. The designers should have an eye for social challenges, and examine what our location may signify to a sharing economy and how we can increase our social commitment.
Campus Aquafin, a socially sound project
Deliberate choices have been made concerning the renovation. The project is to be built, equipped and used in a respectful and sustainable manner: plain, solid and durable in the future. Biodiversity (flora and fauna) is to be stimulated in the surroundings.
Campus Aquafin reflects our identity
We must provide an example of the sustainable and water-conscious activities, integrated into an environment in harmony with water. The site must reflect our extensive knowledge of technical and technological matters and our aim of acting and communicating in a customer-oriented way.
Aquafin is looking for a design team that is capable of tackling the various challenges of Campus Aquafin while carefully monitoring the budget.
All-inclusive design assignment for the renovation of the head office of Aquafin to create Campus Aquafin in Aartselaar
- B-architecten nv
- Berger&Berger, DIERENDONCKBLANCKE ARCHITECTEN
- Low architecten
- URA - Yves Malysse Kiki Verbeeck
Dijkstraat 8, Dijkstraat 10 en Ingberthoeveweg 21
- Selectievergadering: 18 Oct 2017
- Eerste briefing: 29 Nov 2017
- Tweede briefing: 10 Jan 2018
- Indienen: 12 Mar 2018
- Jury: 23 Mar 2018
Tina Van Grimberge
Ontwerpenwedstrijd gevolgd door een onderhandelingsprocedure zonder bekendmaking
External jury member
€8.634.000 (excl. VAT) (excl. Fees)
General basis of fees: 12.7 – 13.3% for architecture, stability and technical installations, excl. VAT
€30.000 excl. VAT per candidate, 4 candidates