For the Van Roey ICT Group, this beautiful new building in Turnhout means much more than just an expansion of office space. Admittedly, this physical expansion was sorely needed, as the more than 180 employees made the current building increasingly crowded in recent years. “This new building will not only offer us more space, but more importantly it will become a central knowledge center in the Kempen, where IT knowledge is developed and shared, and where customers and employees feel at home. A meeting place where new collaborations can be established and our offer as a service provider can grow even further”, says Managing Director Pat Van Roey.
Pat Van Roey Managing Director
A SMART BUILDING THAT REFLECTS THE IDENTITY OF THE COMPANY
Rapid growth justified a move to the current site in Turnhout, where VanRoey. be became a landmark in the IT landscape. Both staff and customers grew steadily and today over 180 employees serve thousands of professional customers.
“VanRoey.be delivers all-inclusive solutions. an integrated service to professional customers. Relationships between employees and customers are more important than products in themselves. In that sense, there was a need for a new building that better reflects our identity as a service center.”
– Pat Van Roey
CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN WHICH EMPLOYEES FEEL AT HOME
A lot of attention went into the atmosphere that the building exudes. People should feel at home, without experiencing any stress from the workplace itself. Those who want to isolate themselves to work in a concentrated manner can do so, but the architecture also encourages easy collaboration. An open landscape office isn’t for everyone, which is why numerous architectural innovations are used to find the right balance between privacy and teamwork.
VanRoey.be and Schellen Architects paid great attention to transparent architecture and a homely atmosphere. As a result, this project is not just another office building. Six of the eight levels are arranged in a creative way, with multifunctional spaces. In the office spaces you won’t encounter any columns, which enhances the spacious feeling. The utilities are cleverly housed in a central column and there are gigantic, open balconies around the entire building.
AN OPEN, 100% ENERGY-NEUTRAL BUILDING
Among other things, photovoltaic sun blinds that capture solar energy and the use of geothermal energy – for both heating and cooling – make the tower an aesthetic and technological masterpiece, with respect for Mother Nature. Moreover, it will not only accommodate the VanRoey employees, but also customers, partners and other companies looking for infrastructure.
The top floor will be a multifunctional space including a cafeteria, a conference room and a large outdoor terrace. An additional basement floor will be set up as underground parking. As a bicycle-friendly company, VanRoey.be will of course also provide spacious bike sheds, changing rooms and shower facilities.
PANDEMIC-READY SMART BUILDING
The extensive outdoor walkway, the maximum social distance (8m² of surface area per employee at full occupancy), the ultra-modern ventilation system that continuously replaces all the air in the building and the “Securegate access control” ensure that employees can continue to work together safely in this smart building, even during pandemics.
OPEN CAMPUS FOR MODERN BUSINESSES
The building was sized for growth. As a result, there is also room for other companies to come and take up residence here. What we want to achieve is an open campus atmosphere where creative employees work together and inspire each other. Additional services, such as sports facilities, childcare… are part of the services to unburden employees. VanRoey.be expects to occupy the Kempus building in early 2022. We’ll meet you there!
“WITH THIS SMART OFFICE BUILDING – DRENCHED IN ECOLOGIC & TECHNOLOGIC INNOVATION – WE’LL OFFER THE MOST ATTRACTIVE WORKPLACE IN BELGIUM.”
– PAT VAN ROEY