Maritime Campus Antwerp

Address Petroleumkaai Antwerpen

Surface 30.000m2 (phase 1), 70.000m2 (phase 2)

Site 5ha

Project description

MCA guides the maritime industry towards greater cooperation and innovation.
For big and small, for maritime and beyond, for private, public, research and education.

Budget Confidential

Project period 2019 – 2024

Delivery phase 2022

Final client CMB

Designers KCAP, Atelier Romain, ABV+

MEP engineering Tractebel

Sustainability Management: WELL, BREEAM, circular economy

On the former BP site in Hoboken, the shipping company Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) is planning the Maritime Campus Antwerp (MCA) – a new hotspot for innovative projects around the broad maritime industry. On the site, several maritime players, government and education will be brought together on one location in order to find answers to the maritime challenges of tomorrow.


A big part of the future business center will be occupied by CMB itself, who will move its current headquarters to the new site. In addition, there will be space for co-working and co-creation facilities, labs, large R&D facilities, studios, educational facilities
and supporting services.


High sustainability ambitions are valid for the project. On site level, the feasibility of the BREEAM Communities certification ‘Outstanding’ is studied and the building itself will obtain the BREEAM label ‘Excellent’ as well as a WELL label ‘Gold’. In terms of climate impact, the aim is to achieve CO2 neutrality. In the first place, this is achieved by a maximum of interventions regarding energy-efficient design on the site itself. Furthermore, the ambitions in material use and flexibility are high and the principles of circular economy are applied as much as possible.

In order to participate in the design of the masterplan, SuReal conducted location studies to be able to optimize the daylight, PV panel yield and summer comfort. Based on this input, choices regarding (BI)PV, location of terraces or other qualitative outdoor places, morphology, distance between the buildings,… can be made.


The energy master plan is currently being finalized, based on the following technologies: limited hydrogen applications (according to Seveso limit), solar energy, geothermal energy and thermal energy from the Scheldt. The application of mid-sized wind turbines is also being investigated.

SuReal role

Feasibility of obtaining BREEAM Communities certification ‘Outstanding’.


Sustainability studies on masterplan level: Analysis of thermal and daylight comfort, Location studies, Water concept, Analysis of the materials with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 
and advice on circular economy, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis of energy concept 
and materials, Support energy masterplan, Support mobility concept, Analysis of wind comfort on the site.

BREEAM New Construction Certification Excellent for the buildings in phase 1.


EPB advice and reporting for the building in phase 1.


Guidance in obtaining the WELL-certificate for phase 1.