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Location: Menen
Discipline: Port, river & hydraulic engineering
Period: 2018 - ...

Lys works Menen

The works on the Lys crossing in Menen are on two fronts: on the one hand, the straightening of the Lys itself in the city centre—including new quay walls and a new bridge—and on the other, a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge at the edge of the project area.

The first step was to carry out a thorough inventory of the entire project area. An accessible GIS portal that collected all available information and made it visually available was created and rolled out by SBE during this inventory phase. A nautical design was then drawn up, into which the entire nautical zone, (the core zone and the peripheral zone combined), was incorporated. Because of the extensiveness of this plan, it had to be coordinated with the French government on the west side and with the narrowing of the profile on the east side. Subsequently, a preliminary design was worked out for the entire project area. This preliminary design includes the new quay walls, the new central bridge in Rijselstraat, the entire public space in the core zone, the future banks in the periphery zone and the bicycle and pedestrian bridge. When drawing up this design, both the new waterway situation and the surrounding quays, bridges and utilities—as well as the impact on the latter—were taken into account.

In order to enable the straightening of the river Lys and all associated works in the core zone, a considerable number of buildings had to be built. The client took the initiative on this before the start of the work. The final coordination of these demolition works, the coordination with the other aspects of the project and the drawing up of the demolition specifications are all part of this project.

SBE tasks:

  • the inventory of all existing infrastructure and the layout of the GIS portal;
  • the nautical design of the fairway within the entire project area (core zone & peripheral zone);
  • the preliminary design of the banks within the entire project area (quays in the core zone & banks in the periphery zone);
  • the tender design of the new quay walls in the core zone.
  • to liaise with the utility companies;
  • the follow-up of acquisitions and demolition work;
  • the preparation of all necessary permits;
  • the preparation of all tender dossiers;
  • the follow-up of the works as technical consultant for the client;
  • general project management.