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Ghent - Schipperskaai

The coming years will see a huge make-over at the North of the city of Ghent. Amongst it the old quarter Oude Dokken, once the center of the industrial history of the city, will be given a new destination due to the implementation of new projects and neighborhoods.

The first feat in this area was the reconstruction of the Schipperskaai. Using the Batavia-bridge, this will provide the access to the city centre and will be the heart of the new neighborhood, with the concrete plant and the harbor cranes as its eye-catchers.

Prior to the reconstruction, the polluted soil had to be removed. This as a result of the use of the area when timber sleepers were treated with creosote.

After the sanitation of the area a new sewage system was build, serving as the drainage system for the building yet to be build along Schipperskaai, including a pipe-into-pipe renovation of some existing concrete drainage pipes to ensure the drainage to the Handelsdok.

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The final part of the renovation was the Schipperskaai itself. The main feature being the old railway line, reused to  preserve the old industrial look. These are being held in place using in-situ concrete sleepers

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Roads consist of cobbles, cast in concrete. The area is designed as a pedestrian promenade. Smooth-finished retaining walls will serve as seats for those sauntering the waterside and concrete steps will give access to the buildings yet to be erected.

The icing on the cake are two additional harbor cranes, erected along the existing one.

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