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Location: Antwerp
Discipline: Civil engineering & infrastructure, Electromechanics, Port, river & hydraulic engineering

Renovation of Royers lock

In the port of Antwerp, the Royers lock provides access from the Schelde to the Albert Canal. Constructed between 1900 and 1910, it is at the end of its lifespan. On the basis of an SCBA study, it was decided to completely demolish the existing lock and build a new, larger lock (250 metres long and 36 metres wide). SBE assisted in this study as a consulting expert.

The construction of a new lock is not an everyday project in Belgium and SBE was very enthusiastic to be participating in this project. The design is based on Kieldrecht lock and consists of 2 single rolling gates. Leaf bridges on either side can smoothly guide road traffic across the lock.

The construction site will be dug into the embankment, with special attention being paid to the protected lock keeper’s house in the middle of this embankment. In addition, 2 machine buildings will be provided, 1 central technical building and 4 kiosks for the operation of the bypass drains.

As the lock is being extended in the direction of the Schelde, the access channel also needs to be redesigned, including new guide work, adapted protection for the banks, dyke works and signage.

Thanks to the expertise of the different branches within SBE, this project could be tackled in an integrated way. We are responsible for the preparation of the design up to and including the tender phase, for both the lock and the hydraulic study of the temporary and final environmental construction. The electromechanical equipment is also being designed, with preference being given to winches that set the doors in motion using hydraulic cylinders in the equipment room.