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Royal Atheneum Grimbergen and primary school De Regenboog

New building extension and conversion work in Grimbergen

A collaboration for GO! community education with Osk-Ar, atelier Gras and Bureau de Fonseca. 
The ABETEC team is responsible for the study stability, technical equipment, EPB and monitoring of the entire works. 
GO! Education of the Flemish Community
Building place
Type of building
Sport and education
Floor space of the building
2 470 m²
Project sheet
KA en BS @ Grimbergen
KA en BS @ Grimbergen
The municipality of Grimbergen had been struggling for years with a capacity problem in primary education, a trend that has continued in recent years in secondary education. The buildings of the Athenaeum were also completely used up, sports halls were converted into old work houses. The playgrounds were beginning to sag and there were no shelters in bad weather.

Time for something new!

A new building on the existing site, connecting the primary school and the athenaeum. To make the transition from the sixth grade to the first secondary school smoother, the pupils of the sixth grade and the first and second secondary schools will share the new building. It will contain classrooms for the sixth form, ideological subjects, language classes, a primary school classroom, a secondary school science classroom, a new sports hall and accompanying rooms.

A functional and sustainable building that will enable the school to grow for many years to come.

But the existing primary school is also being taken in hand in this project. By moving the pupils of the sixth form to the new building, classrooms will become available. If the primary school wants to expand further, it will need a three-tier structure in the kindergarten (three classes of each year). The classes that are freed up will be used as extra kindergarten classes, which requires some minor interventions such as adapting the sanitary facilities.

Finally, the playground of the secondary school will be renovated. With the necessary attention for the green character of the site and with sufficient sports and recreational facilities. When the weather is bad, the pupils need shelter, so an awning is also on the programme.

The works have started in early 2020!