Cranes with large cutting and gripping pliers are currently eating their way through the place where swimmers could go for their favorite sport or pastime for decades. All that remains of the imposing building on Kleistraat is a huge pile of concrete and steel.
At the end of January last year, swimming enthusiasts were able to visit the old pool on the Kleistraat for the last time. Since then, they have been doing their laps in the new, inter-municipal Dok-3 at the same sports complex.
The old building had stood desolate since then as the martial arts hall had to be moved from the same building. After this action was also realized, workers were able to start dismantling the old building at the end of October.
During the first few weeks, not much of the work was visible because the interior furnishings were removed first. But since this week, major resources have been deployed. The impressive construction site looks as if a war is being fought there too.
“The cost of demolition is just over 100,000 euros,” says sports councilor Bart Lambrecht (N-VA). “By the end of November this part of the works should be completed and the site leveled.”
There will be a spacious parking lot on the site and next to it that will accommodate 220 cars instead of the current 175. A search for a contractor is currently underway in a separate procedure. The intention is that these works will be completed before the construction holiday. The total cost of these works is estimated at more than one million euros. (jw)