SBE brings together more than 30 years of expertise with youthful creativity to create innovative civil engineering and electromechanical solutions for Belgium and the rest of the world. By working together with governments and other clients, we can then sustainably build the world of tomorrow. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience, our team of more than 180 enthusiastic engineers, BIM designers, and architects ensures SBE is a strong and reliable partner for the (inter)national market. Our creative social imagination and proactive process management help us focus on 5 core activities: port, river & hydraulic engineering, civil engineering & infrastructure, urbanism & design, industrial constructions & buildings and electromechanics.
SBE's 5 core activities
SBE specialises in five areas within the fields of civil engineering and electromechanics. SBE also has the ability to effortlessly change hats, from taking on the role of an integral designer of architectural and civil engineering constructions, to the project manager for the feasibility phase and final delivery.
Port, river & hydraulic engineering
Development of ports and terminals
Design of locks and quay walls
River basin management
Integrated water resource management
Civil engineering & infrastructure
Urbanism & Design
Environmental landscaping and landscape design
Design of public spaces
Architectural design of bridges, tunnels and service buildings
Industry & Buildings
Buildings and underground car parks
Electromechanical design and engineering
It goes without saying that quality and high-performing achievements are vital in the civil engineering and electromechanical sectors. At SBE, we believe that this also includes impeccable and reliable service.
- Key to this, are sustainable and confidential ties with all our contacts. We approach customers, suppliers and subcontractors in the same constructive way.
- By fully focusing on the development and growth curve of our employees’ technical skills, SBE challenges its daily operations time and again, ensuring they always rise to the occasion.
- In order to continue operating at the highest level, we scrutinise our operations at various different stages. We have an internal quality system with in-house audits, an annual external audit and ‘put into practice’ feedback, all of which keeps us on our toes.
As a partner in hydraulic and civil engineering design, infrastructure, and industrial construction, SBE accepts its responsibility when it comes to sustainability. After all, the scale of our projects means they are inextricably linked to the surrounding environment. This is why we approach each step of the design process with sustainability in mind.
- Impact on the environment
We are always studying how to minimize the impact on the environment and the surrounding area. By designing with efficient use of materials in mind, we always endeavor to minimize material demand and therefore minimize environmental impact. In addition, we encourage the most sustainable choices of materials, taking account of the full life cycle of the materials. This includes, for example, consumption of raw materials, carbon in the product, water consumption, polluting effects, deconstruction, and reuse.
- CO₂ reduction
At SBE, our aim is to gradually reduce CO2 emissions from our offices and transport. To do this, we use the CO2 Performance Ladder. This CO2 management system helps us to map out our emissions inventory and set targets to reduce these emissions. Read more about our CO₂ reduction policy.
- Voka Charter Sustainable Entrepreneurship
SBE has signed up for the Voka Charter Sustainable Entrepreneurship. This charter is based on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations. Working with a tailor-made annual action plan, we embed sustainable business practices in our operations in order to achieve our sustainability goal. Voka is also working with CIFAL Flanders/UNITAR on an SDG pathway (SDG Pioneer – SDG Champion – SDG Ambassador). To move up from SDG Pioneer to SDG Champion, we want to make the importance of sustainable transition visible within our projects through our pilot project. Our intention with this pilot project is to assign a sustainability score to our projects.
- ISO 14001
At SBE, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and the climate. To help us do this, we established an environmental management system that conforms to the ISO 14001:2015 standard. The purpose of this environmental management system is to manage and continuously improve our environmental performance.
European Social Fund
The ESF supports work opportunities in European Member States on the basis of a number of specific objectives or projects. Given the nature of the work at SBE, the HR policy focuses on ‘Sustainable Career Management’, in which work-life balance and a career and skills policy are central, as well as ‘in-house training’, where we continually invest in updating the knowledge and skills of our people.
- Sint-Niklaas (HQ)
SBE’s head office in Sint-Niklaas is a convenient 5-minute walk from the station, making it perfect for those who want to visit or come to work by public transport. We are always happy to welcome you to our pleasant and spacious offices.
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