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Former Industrial Sites Turned Into Lively Neighbourhoods

Infra News - Published on Tue, 04 Aug 2020

Image Source: Jan De Nul Usines De Naeyer
Flanders has a vast wealth of historically valuable sites. Unfortunately, they sometimes fall into disuse and are in danger of losing their grandeur of olden days. Jan De Nul Group contributes significantly to the revalorisation of these sites. We’re currently transforming a former brewery and a former paper factory into beautiful, high quality residential and commercial projects. In 1860, Louis De Naeyer founded his paper factory alongside the Willebroek canal. Jan De Nul Group builds three new apartment buildings here, with a few concrete shell spaces and a large underground car park of almost 4,000 square meters. The Usines De Naeyer office building and corresponding water tower represent an important piece of history within the Rupelstreek

Jan De Nul Group will thoroughly renovate the entire Louis De Naeyer site. Still, we do integrate some authentic elements in the vast complex. “Eye-catchers such as the protected water tower and the monumental Peace Bridge will uphold the historical character of this new neighbourhood", says Niels. The floor-high windows and terraces with a view of the water will create a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and much needed breathing space.

Ever since the foundation of his paper factory, the community was key for Louis De Naeyer: he had houses built for his workers and he also taught them how to read and write. He even set up schools and a nursery for their children where they could go to for free during working hours. In 1885, De Naeyer was officially appointed mayor of Willebroek. With the Kanaelzicht project, JDN revives this historical heritage.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 04 Aug 2020
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