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Emmaüs vzw




2008 – 2018


stability, architecture (parking building), external infrastructure (VIPA funding)


VK Architects & Engineers

Total floor area

+/- 105.000m²

In 2018, AZ Sint-Maarten hospital is combining its three present campuses into one new hospital.

Sweco Belgium is responsible for the study, design and implementation of the stability, external infrastructure and architectural design and the study of the parking building.

AZ Sint-Maarten is combining its three present campuses (Rooienberg campus in Duffel plus the Leopoldstraat and Zwartzustersvest campuses in Mechelen), into one new hospital.  The construction of this brand new, regional hospital was started in October 2013, close to the R6-Liersesesteenweg in Mechelen-Noord. Work on the new building will take until 2018. The building will be put into use that same year.

The new hospital will have 654 hospital beds and 96 places in the day hospital, as well as facility areas with meeting and conference rooms, medical-technical logistics services, laboratories, an operating area, pharmacy, policlinic and administrative and facilities services. As from late 2018, patients can go there for:

  • observation and treatment by the various medical disciplines
  • a spacious policlinic
  • a rehabilitation centre
  • highly specialised medical-technical services such as radiotherapy and MRI.


In the AZ Sint-Maarten project Sweco is responsible for:

  • stability: design up to and including monitoring of the execution;
  • external infrastructure: earth moving, environment, roads, sewers, utilities;
  • total design of the parking building;
  • site monitoring and supervision of the client during all stages of the construction process.

BIM, new form of cooperation.
Sweco is responsible for the stability study and design of the external infrastructure of this new hospital building. Right from the design phase, we work to this end in a coordinated BIM (Building Information Management) environment. With BIM, the essential data of a construction project is saved in a central database, controlled and managed via 3D models.

We work in a ‘construction team’ formula in conjunction with other designers via this BIM-platform. The key figures (owner, architect, engineers) are involved right from the start of the project concept.

During the construction process, all parties work with the same current information and are kept informed of each other’s decisions. This ensures a significant reduction in failure costs during implementation, allows proper budget follow-up and monitoring, and allows us to monitor the site more efficiently.

The newly built AZ Sint-Maarten is the first major project in Belgium where BIM is being applied. Furthermore, Sweco provides support to the client in developing the technical financial plan, funding (VIPA), construction supervision, … The project includes the following work and installations subsidized by VIPA: carcass structure and finishing, structural elements, electrical systems’ external infrastructure, data & communications, electromechanical equipment, elevators, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, security system, hospital techniques, fixed and loose furniture as well as medical equipment.

Facade design © Koen van den Broek