THOREAQ is based at ThorPark, a science and business park focusing on energy transition, smart manufacturing and smart city applications. The aim of this project is to develop a sustainable infrastructure that can test, validate and demonstrate innovations in the field of renovation techniques, improvement of indoor air quality, integration of energy systems in the built environment and industrialised manufactured shield components. On the same site, KU Leuven’s ConstrucThor project will be established in close collaboration with THOREAQ.
The infrastructure project, realised by VITO, retained Beneens (building and interior) as the contractor through a selection procedure. Now works can start in early March, which will involve an entire team. Thus, the coordination of the project will be carried by TD KU Leuven. The design team, which has been working for some time now, consists of TM SVR JVO – SVR Architects & architektenburo jef van oevelen – (architecture), Multis (engineering techniques), Fraeye & Partners engineering firm (engineer stability), Avantgarden (landscape architecture) en Struktuur (EPB and safety coordination).
The infrastructure consists of two identical buildings, with the morphology of houses, which will be equipped with redundant techniques and a set of sophisticated measuring equipment. It will be available for companies so that they can test, optimise and demonstrate their innovative products and services full-scale and real-life in a safe and controlled environment.
By doing so, the THOREAQ infrastructure will accelerate the Flemish renovation market and energy transition, catalyse important cost reductions and quality improvements in buildings, and significantly strengthen the ecosystem of companies involved in innovation power and export potential.