Taking no gambles in Ostend

18 January 2005 09:18 - BAM Contractors nv

Beneath Monacoplein, right in front of the casino in the Belgian seaside resort of Ostend, CEI and De Meyer are building a three-storey car park for over three hundred cars. It took the sister companies fifty hours to pour the car park’s reinforced underwater concrete floor.

In Belgium underwater concrete is not used very often. Usually a dry construction pit is excavated, but on this site the groundwater could not be pumped out. It took 4,000 m3 of underwater concrete to pour a floor of 1.4 metres thick. Divers then put in anchor rods because a covering layer to level the floor was going to be poured later. The car park is due to be completed in June this year.