Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN BELGIUM


Textile bleaching factory ‘Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost’ was founded in 1879 by two brothers-in-laws. In 1920, the company had evolved into an important textile company that was engaged in finishing, bleaching and washing of yarns and fabrics.

The ‘Alsberghe & Van Oost’ company had a huge international expansion. From 1970 onwards growth stagnated and in 1978 the company, which was already in French hands, went bankrupt.

Artifex

Sobelta bought the factory and sold it in 1990 to Artifex who used some buildings for storage. Since that day people and nature haven’t been kind with the building. Because of this the building complex fell into disrepair. The company was shut down and the machines were sold, the iron was broken out by thieves. Even parts of the steam engine were stolen. The thieves were arrested in 1986. But the local government did nothing to protect the engine from nature and other people with bad intentions.

Protected site

The machine house and the boiler house were protected. Also the three cylinder steam engine built by the Ghent company Vande Kerkckhove were included in the protection decree. The other buildings are protected as a cityscape. In 2003, the proposition to use the domain for a social housing project was accepted. Demolishing of the buildings started late 2004. Alsberghe & Van Oost site was reconverted into a gigantic housing complex. I visited ‘Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost’ in 2005 and 2006.

Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost
Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost
Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost
Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost
Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost
Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost
Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost
Anciens Etablissements Alsberghe & Van Oost


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