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Moving mountains for ZNA Cadix

New hospital

If you drive over the Noorderlaan Bridge in the direction of the Eilandje neighbourhood in Antwerp you will certainly have seen Aertssen’s bright yellow vehicles at work on the right side. On this site, we are helping to construct the new ZNA Cadix hospital – immediately opposite the AP University College Campus at the head of the Park Spoor Noord. There is not much of the hospital to see of yet but we are literally moving mountains of sand.

Construction & Infra
ANTWERP
2016

If you drive over the Noorderlaan Bridge in the direction of the Eilandje neighbourhood in Antwerp you will certainly have seen Aertssen’s bright yellow vehicles at work on the right side. On this site, we are helping to construct the new ZNA Cadix hospital – immediately opposite the AP University College Campus at the head of the Park Spoor Noord. There is not much of the hospital to see of yet but we are literally moving mountains of sand.

Archaeological find will become the entrance hall

Just before we started working on the public property, archaeologists discovered a historic lock. The ‘Sas van ‘t Schijn’ was built for Napoleon and was well preserved. Aertssen dismantled the brickwork tunnel carefully, because the blue limestone that was used for the construction will later be incorporated in the entrance hall of the new hospital.

A hole in the ground

At the moment, a 240,000 m3 construction pit is being excavated. A hydraulic excavator (Caterpillar 365) and three Volvo A35 dump trucks are helping to create an enormous construction pit. Thankfully all this earth is being transported and reused on dozens of projects in Belgium and the Netherlands, to help in various projects from building new dykes to the construction of sports grounds. To facilitate the delivery of all that sand we built a permanent loading bridge at Asiadok-Westkaai. Our fully-loaded trucks and dump trucks drive backwards up the slope and tip their load into the ship’s hold of our associated company Shipit.

Safety First

Together with the excavated earth, a busy cycle track also disappeared. However, cyclists can now make use of a brand new bicycle tunnel, allowing our machines to simply drive over this tunnel. In this way, we guarantee a safe passage ensuring dump trucks and cyclists paths never cross.