In 2012 Cegelec Fire Solutions moved to the Industrielaan in Erembodegem. At that time the team of the fire protection experts still consisted of 20 people. In the past eight years the company experienced a significant growth and saw this figure almost triple to 57 employees. When considering a new location, the eye was drawn to the nearby business park in the Atomveldstraat in Denderhoutem, just five kilometres from the current office in Erembodegem. On the 1st of September, the almost 60-person team will move to the new location with the necessary space for further growth in the future.
Collaborating with colleagues
For the new location a collaboration was set up with colleagues from VINCI Facilities, the brand of VINCI Energies that focuses on Facility Management and technical maintenance of buildings. They were responsible for the design with a focus on creating spacious and bright offices. In addition, the sustainable aspect was also given due attention. Proof of this is the presence of charging poles for electric vehicles, extra acoustic and thermal insulation on the inside of the ceiling, LED lighting and presence detection to save energy.
Managing Director of Cegelec Fire Solutions, Patrick Merckx is delighted: “It will be a pleasure to work in the new offices. Due to our strong growth in recent years, the location in Erembodegem had unfortunately become too small. Only 5 kilometres away we found the perfect location for offices that amply meet our needs and on top of that leave room for future growth. Our employees are also satisfied, because their new workplace is located in a green environment and the commuting distance remains virtually unchanged. Thanks to the excellent cooperation with VINCI Facilities, we can be proud of the results”.
It was a deliberate choice to involve VINCI Facilities in the design of this project. Marnix Dejonghe, Business Unit Manager at VINCI Facilities explains: “As we are both part of VINCI Energies Belgium, we know the wishes and needs of our colleagues at Cegelec Fire Solutions through and through. As a result, they can count on a new location that not only meets all technical and sustainability requirements, but has also become an extremely pleasant place to work. The building consists of very spacious rooms with a maximum of natural light. In addition, the spacious offices make it easy to respect all the current social distancing measures.”
The significant growth at Cegelec Fire Solutions is due in part to its focus on innovation and long-term thinking. Acting as a partner of industrial actors, Cegelec offers tailor-made advice regarding fire protection. The highlight in their range is the digital platform S.M.A.R.T. (Sprinkler Management and Remote Tracking), a sustainable monitoring platform that quickly and clearly communicates status updates of sprinkler installations. In addition, the VINCI Energies brand builds fire protection systems in various scales and application areas and has the required expertise in fire detection and extinguishing gases.