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Location: Ghent
Discipline: Port, river & hydraulic engineering
Period: 2010 - 2011

Scaldis lock

End of study

August 2011

Start of study

June 2010

In November 2016, work began on the opening up of the Nederschelde in the centre of Ghent, almost 60 years after it was filled in at the Reep. In this way, the historic confluence of the Lys and the Lower Scheldt towards Portus Ganda was restored and the neighbourhood underwent a real transformation.

As part of this far-reaching infrastructure work, the construction of the Scala Lock was one of the last major links. The lock on the Oude Beestenmarkt makes it possible for tourist and pleasure boats to sail around the city centre again. There is even a kayak slide that allows kayakers to bypass the lock, so they don’t lose valuable time in levelling up.

SBE was responsible for the design of the complete implementation dossier of the concrete works for the lock, the kayak slide, the quay and retaining walls, and the steel construction of the revolving gates and weir valves. The foundation of the new service building located near the lock complex was also part of the project, including the preparation of calculations and all plans. All of this work took into account the historical context, while also ensuring an optimal experience in respect of the pleasure boats.