Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Campus Zuid - Antwerp


The South Campus of the Karel de Grote University College (KdG) is rising out of the ground on the site of the former Biscuiterie Parein biscuit factory opposite the Palace of Justice in Antwerp. The campus needs to accommodate 5,500 students and 500 employees starting from academic year 2016-2017.

The main parts of the factory building have been retained and put to new use as office, teaching or training space. Parts of the building on the Troonplaats and Brusselstraat are being demolished and replaced by new ones. As well as classrooms, the project includes a library, offices, a bookstore, underground bicycle parking for 1,560 bikes and 111 car parking spaces. A central courtyard will provide light and air at the heart of the campus. Around the square will come a central reception area, a spacious cafeteria, a learning centre, a wide range of multi-purpose classrooms and training rooms and several auditoria.

Campus Zuid will be a sustainable, energy and environmentally-conscious building. The building itself is being fitted out for flexible use of space, the outside walls are being insulated and green roofs laid. The technical installations are designed on energy-saving principles (minimum CO2 emissions, maximum energy savings and use of renewable energy sources as far as possible). The project will be BREEAM 'Excellent' labelled.
The South Campus will house training in nursing, pedagogy and education. The building will also be home to the central college services and student facilities (KdG Stuvo).

Willemen Construct came into being on 1 July 2018 as a result of the merger between Willemen General Contractor and the construction department of Kumpen.


Project Details

Brusselstraat 45, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
Karel de Grote-Hogeschool
Temporary partnership 
Willemen General Contractor, Van Laere
Surface area above ground 
28 000m²
Surface area subterranean 
7 000m²
Construction period
2 years 1 month
Start work
End of work