Project Visé, Belgium

4th lock of Lanaye - Foundations

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Expansion of the lock system in Lanaye. Construction of the 4th lock, which connects the Albert Canal and the Meuse river, straddles the border between Belgium and the Netherlands and allows the circulation of convoys of 9.000 tons on the Albert Canal.

Technical characteristics

319 PCS Lambda screw piles

  • Ø 600 mm
  • 10,8 m long
  • Inclinations 0°, 9,5° and 18°

20.700 m² diaphragm wall

  • 120 cm thick
  • 23,5 m to 29,5 m deep

790 m² barrettes

  • 120 cm thick
  • 18 to 25 m deep
  • U and L shapes

38 large diameter bored piles

  • Ø 1.300 and 1.500 mm
  • 10 and 24 m long

24 anchors

  • Ø 150 mm
  • 30 m long
  • 1.000 kN tension

A BESIX project

Since 2011, BESIX has been working for SOFICO on the construction of the 4th lock of Lanaye, which connects the Albert Canal and the Meuse river and straddles the border between Belgium and the Netherlands.

The massive 225x25 meter lock, extending over a 14 meter drop, is the largest civil engineering project in Wallonia in the last ten years.

Read more about the construction of the lock by BESIX.

Foundations work

Being the specialist in foundations of the BESIX Group, Franki Foundations has realized the first part of this huge project. 

Project details

Project name

4th lock of Lanaye - Foundations

Area(s) of expertise

Locks

Techniques

PCS Lambda pile, Diaphragm wall, Barrette, Large diameter bored pile under casing, Ground anchors and nails

Location

Visé, Belgium

Stakeholder(s)

BESIX

Client

BESIX, Sofico

Building Period

2011 - 2014

Total value

€ 3 million

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