Right next to the ZOO Antwerp the new Elisabeth Centre Antwerp (ECA) is being build. The design is by Ian Simpson Architects, in association with Kirkegaard Associates and Bureau Bouwtechniek. The new ECA will house a concert hall and a congress centre. Royal HaskoningDHV accompanies the contractor in realizing the acoustic design of the new Elizabeth Center Antwerp.

Construction of the new Elisabeth Centre in Antwerp | Royal HaskoningDHV

The building is located in the heart of Antwerp Belgium, and will be a venue for classical music, rock and pop music, world music and musical theatre. Also national and international congresses will be held in the new congress centre. The Elisabeth Centre Antwerp will also be the home of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic orchestra.

Concert hall with congress centre

The consortium THV Elisabeth has been commissioned to build the new concert hall with congress centre. The building plan includes a completely new complex of 25,000 m2, with, most notably, a concert hall that can accommodate 2,000 visitors. By taking the contract of the KMDA (Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde Antwerp) the contractor has taken an obligation to deliver and achieve the requirements set out in the tender documents.

Realization of the acoustical and architectural design

Because several challenging acoustic solutions are incorporated in the design, the THV consortium asked Royal HaskoningDHV to support them in the construction phase. Royal HaskoningDHV will take effort in realizing a building according to the (acoustic) requirements in the tender documents.

“We are commissioned to help realize a building according to its intended (acoustical) design. With all the acoustical challenges in this design it is our duty to guide the contractor in realizing them into the building, and achieving astounding acoustic performance” says Caroline Kaas (project leader). Niek Janssen (senior consultant acoustics and theatre consulting) adds: “We have an active approach in consulting during the construction phase. For instance, we consulted our client for the wooden finishing of the hall’s walls. The acoustic consultant desired to rule out all possible resonance effects of this wall finishing that could influence the acoustics of the hall. In a similar way we provided practical solutions for the vibration isolation of technical equipment. The challenge was to make sure that our solutions and approaches for these aspects also worked out practically and budgetary.”

The completion of the ECA is scheduled for November 2016.