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Location DB > Belgium > Oost-Vlaanderen > Drongen > Alsberghe & Van Oost
Alsberghe & Van Oost
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created by Adstar on 7/25/2005 2:46 PM
last modified by Off-Limits on 11/12/2010 1:40 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Large complex of old factory buildings and production halls. Most of the buildings are nothing more than ruins.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Drongen, Oost-Vlaanderen
Owner: Sobelta
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    The boilers, the steamengine, large production halls.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1879
    Closed: 1978
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    In 1879 Jozef Alsberghe and August Van Oost founded Alsberghe & Van Oost ,a textile bleaching factory, in Drongen, along the Drongensesteenweg. Almost 100 years later, in 1978, they went bankrupt and the buildings were sold to Sobelta. In 1990 Alsberghe & Van oost was rented by Artifex, they erected some new buildings and used the place as warehouse for a while (it was abandoned again a few years later). In 2003, the proposition to use the Alsberghe and Van Oost domain for a social housing project (300 - 320 houses + officebuildings and shops) was accepted. Demolishing of the buildings to make place for social housing should have started late 2004, but not much has happened yet.

    In 1981 some of the buildings got protected by law as monuments (mainly the boilers and the engineroom(which were built in 1913)), Sobelta ignored this and in 1986 they ordered to demolish the boilers, but they were caught and had to pay a fine. In december 2004, a large part of (what remained of) the steamengine was stolen, everything that could be taken, has been taken away. That's why there's hardly anything left of the boilers and the engineroom; vandals, thiefs and harsh weather..

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     Future Plans
    Buildings will be demolished/reconverted for social housing.

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    20th of july 2004 visit
    Tue, Jul 20th, 2004
    posted by Adstar
    13 pictures
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    25th of may 2005 visit
    Wed, May 25th, 2005
    posted by Adstar
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    Mon, Jul 25th, 2005
    posted by Adstar
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 11/12/2010 1:46 PM.

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  • on Nov 12 10 at 13:46, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Nov 12 10 at 13:40, Off-Limits changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Status
  • on Jul 25 05 at 16:51, Adstar made this location public
  • on Jul 25 05 at 16:51, Adstar made this location available
  • on Jul 25 05 at 16:45, Adstar deleted some pictures
  • on Jul 25 05 at 16:44, Adstar updated a gallery picture
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  • on Jul 25 05 at 16:44, Adstar updated a gallery picture
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