Erwin Malcorps, CEO of Sweco Belgium, explains: “The world is changing. Megatrends such as the energy transition, urbanization and digitization can no longer be ignored in our society. As a result, we are experiencing an increasing need for an integrated approach when designing future-proof buildings and structures.”
“This approach requires specialized knowledge of various disciplines, flexibility to keep up with the latest developments and flexible mutual cooperation. That is why it is so important to find a suitable partner who shares the same passion. With VK architects+engineers®, we form a perfect combination. It’s amazing to see how sustainability and innovation are so well intertwined in our business and operating model. ‘Transforming Society Together’ is our shared goal.”
VK architects+engineers® is a multidisciplinary design agency with ‘out of the box’ and long-term thinking in its genes. For the past 70 years, it has used its ingenuity and multidisciplinary teams to design sustainable solutions.
The firm provides architectural and engineering design solutions on an international scale with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the UK and Vietnam. The group has a consolidated turnover of approximately 70 million euros (2021) and employs approximately 600 architects and engineers.
full life cycle
“Together with Sweco, we remain a leader in sustainable buildings and structures. Our ambition to become a full life-cycle partner is in line with Sweco’s guiding principle: ‘Sustainability by design’,” says Paul Corbeel, CEO of VK architects+engineers®.
“We also see many points of similarity in relation to corporate culture, with initiatives that clearly make a difference in relation to personal development, knowledge sharing and open communication. In addition, the entire group’s European dimension, the cross-border opportunities and the decentralized way of working. We speak look forward to continuing to build a sustainable future with our designs,” says Corbeel.
The transaction is subject to approval by the Belgian competition authority, which is expected in the first half of 2023.
A future-oriented 360° offer
This transaction allows both companies to combine their strengths and expertise in engineering and architecture. Moreover, the challenges facing our society are becoming increasingly complex and urgent. It is more important than ever before to achieve a greater effect for the energy and social transition.
Sweco and VK architects+engineers take a full life cycle approach by fully committing to strategic partnerships with clients and other stakeholders throughout the life cycle of their projects, even after the construction phase. This generates an inherent added value for customers and society.
Sweco tackles the challenges of urbanization and the complexity of climate change through innovative and sustainable urban development, while improving the mobility, social inclusion and economic development of cities.
What does this agreement mean specifically?
Completion of the transaction remains subject to approval by the Belgian competition authority, which is expected in the first half of 2023. Until the transaction is completed, Sweco and VK architects+engineers® will continue to operate as independent companies. Customers will receive the same high-quality service from the same contacts within the current teams.
Sweco will also acquire all shares in VK architects+engineers® subsidiaries. These are the design agency Infranea (3D design, BIM services and VR simulations), the architect and engineering company DENC (logistics, industrial and commercial real estate) and the engineering company One Simulations (CFD simulations) in the Netherlands, as well as the Belgian companies Van Looy Group (logistics projects) and Exilab (laboratories and clean rooms). Betic Ingénieurs-Conseils (various construction projects) and EKOplan (engineering and water management) in Luxembourg and British AD Architects are also part of the transaction.