Addition of storey containing two classrooms

Non-profit education provider Katholiek Onderwijs Kessel-Lo faced two problems: an acute lack of space and outdated buildings. Two sites were affected, one in the village of Vlierbeek and the other in Boven-Lo. While a solution was urgently needed, any disruption to teaching during the school year was out of the question. Modular construction allowed the work to be completed during the summer holidays instead. Expectations were high but Genk-based Machiels Building Solutions did not disappoint.
To address the lack of space in the Boven-Lo school, it was decided to add an extra storey to the existing building. A modular building system has the advantage of being relatively lightweight. It therefore places a relatively small load on the existing foundations, without jeopardising the building’s stability. In addition, the weight of the extra floor is spread evenly over the entire surface.
The school buildings (in Vlierbeek and Boven-Lo) covered an area of some 700 m², but the project had to be completed in just 10 weeks to be ready in time for the start of the new school year (2014‑2015). Modular construction was therefore the obvious choice, especially as quality and sustainability were key concerns for the client. Machiels Building Solutions was chosen from a large number of suppliers because it met all the client’s specifications. The project was delivered on a design-build basis. Among many other benefits, prefabricated timber components boast excellent acoustic performance.

  • Builder

    vzw Katholiek Onderwijs Kessel-Lo

  • Contractor

    Machiels Building Solutions

  • Architect

    Architectenbureau Vanthournhout bvba

  • Period


  • Address

    Heidebergstraat 49_x000D_<br /> BE-3010 Kessel-Lo

We use cookies or similar technologies (e.g. pixels or social media plug-ins) to optimise your user experience on our website, among other things. In addition, we wish to use analytical and marketing cookies to personalise your visit to our website, to send targeted advertisements to you, and to give us more insight into your use of our website.

Do you consent to our use of cookies for an optimal website experience, so that we can improve our website and surprise you with advertisements? Then confirm with ‘OK’.

Conversely, would you like to set specific preferences for different types of cookies? This can be done via our Cookie Policy. Would you like more information about our use of cookies or how to delete cookies? Please read our Cookie Policy.