|Construction||05.2015 - 2019|
|Design||Engineering Survey Architecture|
AFAS Stadion – design description
The plan initially included two new stands being built in the north (first phase) and south (second), together forming an L-shape with filled corners.
Both the new stands, delivered by late 2016, are double-tiered with entire lower tier dedicated for safe standing and upper decks all-seated. The west end also has skyboxes built between the two levels.
Additionally a new disabled spectators section was created behind the eastern goal as an independent structure. Its neighbouring old south stand was thoroughly renovated in 2017.
Altogether the new stands brought a capacity increase of 5,000, bringing it tot 18,500. To save the neighbouring houses from excessive traffic with limited parking, the club suggested to provide a shuttle service for fans from more distant parking sites.
Also as part of means to gain local community's approval a new day care is planned under the new stands, addressing the city's great need for such services.
In late 2017 the club announced a brand new main stand would be built. With roughly 2,000 seats it wouldn't change capacity in a significant way. It does, however, provide 2 floors of skyboxes, which means the commercial potential of the stadium would multiply. The work was carried out between 2018 and 2019.
Belgium: Topping out, express works in Mechelen
Friday saw topping out ceremony in Mechelen, where new main stand was erected in just two months. Another extremely fast project in Belgium should see the stand open in mid-August.
Belgium: Main stand in Mechelen gone in a week
Demolition lasted almost exactly one week and caused quite some tears in Mechelen, judging by reactions. The most historical part of AFAS Stadion is gone, now time to build for the future.
Belgium: Preparations for new stand in Mechelen
They may be relegated from the league already, but KV Mechelen aren't stopping down with their stadium redevelopment program. New main stand will begin to grow once the current one is demolished.
New construction: Express delivery in Mechelen
While many fans still see it as their good old Achter de Kazerne, the stadium in Mechelen is changing. And changing faster than one might think! From now on you can see it in construction updates at StadiumDB.
Belgium: One stand ready in Mechelen, another one to rise
Second phase of the AFAS Stadion redevelopment is beginning in Mechelen as construction moves to the west end. By the 2016/17 season the new end will be complete.
Belgium: New grandstand opened after less than 3 months!
The schedule was extremely tight, but they managed to pull it off either way. KV Mechelen will open their new north stand today. It’s still a construction site overall, though.
Belgium: Mechelen fans can pick up stadium souvenirs
Tomorrow every KV Mechelen fan can come and take whatever is available from the north stand. It’s awaiting demolition to make way for a new, much greater structure.
Belgium: Mechelen plan finally approved
KV Mechelen announced the mayor and councilmen of Mechelen approved the long-awaited redevelopment of Argos Stadion. The project is priced at €8.5 million and should see first stand open in August.
Belgium: Closer to Mechelen’s new stadium
Another modern stadium in Belgium is a step closer now, as environmental impact assessment was completed. Planning application in place, but there’s still work to be done before groundbreaking.
Belgium: KV Mechelen refresh two stands
Redevelopment plans for two stands are on hold, so two others will have all their seats replaced in upcoming weeks. Supporters are helping to make the operation faster and cheaper.
Belgium: KV Mechelen unable to expand Argos Stadion soon
The Belgian club was hoping to receive exemption from the Environmental Impact Assessment. Now that the exemption hasn’t been granted, groundbreaking is sure to be delayed significantly.