Architect: Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven (Rotterdam) / Vervest Constructief (stabiliteit)
Client: AG Vespa – Antwerpen
A fire station with load-bearing wood structures: clear proof of wood’s fire safety. Concrete and wood merge into a new home base for the firefighters of Wilrijk.
The new station is a so-called hybrid building. Its ground floor is constructed of concrete. The two upper floors are built above and around that concrete structure in cross-laminated timber (CLT). The solid wood panels form the walls, floors and the roof of the fire station: a choice with load bearing and aesthetic benefits. The solid wood remains partly visible on the inside and gives character to the building.
Thorough preliminary research is crucial to seamlessly connecting two completely different materials such as concrete and wood. In consultation with contractor D’Hulst-Van Rymenant, LTS engineers adapted each connection and all technologies to the construction, from switches to ventilation openings. Thanks to this intensive preparation, the wood structures were installed in just 12 working days.
Thanks to the rapid construction of the wood structures, the new station is already in use. To the great approval of residents. The southern part of Antwerp is now more easily served. The average response time in Wilrijk and Hoboken was reduced from 16 minutes to 12 minutes. And these can be four crucial minutes in an emergency situation.
timber product volume
less exhaust gases
less electricity consumption
12 working days
duration of construction
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