The international Rochus Campus

A stone’s throw away

Campus Rochus garden.
Campus Rochus garden.

In 2001, the ITM wanted to expand, preferably in the immediate environment. By chance, the nearby seventeenth-century convent, with its beautiful rooms, gardens and baroque church, was looking for buyers. It was just a stone’s throw from our main building!
The ITM didn’t hesitate. The location was ideal. The hidden beauty of the building and convent gardens fitted perfectly with our main building. The downside? The convent was a protected monument in desperate need of renovation.

We were able to purchase and renovate Campus Rochus thanks to the support of the Flemish Ministry for Monuments and Landscapes, the Province and City of Antwerp, the national lottery and private patronage.

Thorough renovation

Campus Rochus cloister.
Campus Rochus cloister.

We thoroughly prepared for these renovations with a study of the building’s history. This research delivered information ideal for inclusion in an interesting brochure released for Open Monument Day in 2003. The work began in 2004 and was completed in September 2006, with the convent resurrected in all its glory, just in time for our centenary celebrations.

In the church, a floating concrete floor now covered two levels. On the lower floor, the P.G. Janssens auditorium offers space for 200 people, an auditorium with 80 seats and a multifunctional meeting room. The serene convent rooms, hallways and private quarters are now lively classrooms, offices and meeting rooms.

And the name of Campus Rochus? It refers not just to the address of the new campus, but to Saint Roch, patron saint of those suffering from the plague and contagious diseases.