Malterie de Boortmeerbeek

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN BELGIUM

Boortmalt Malting was situated with two sites in the small village Boortmeerbeek. This building, the ‘Malterie de Boortmeerbeek’ was used as a silo for the big malting plant in the city center.

The roots of the Boortmalt Malting company starts in Boortmeerbeek. The buildings were built after the Second World War with funds provided through the Marshall Plan, in order to revive the economy.

The grains were mainly supplied by ship, after which they were dried, sieved, stored, mixed, dosed and finally transported to the actual Boortmalt malting plant. The silo it could store 10.000 tons of grains. This transport was initially done by horse and cart, later this transport was of course taken over by trucks.

1988

In 1988 the company starts shifting its activities to the port of Antwerp, the two buildings in Boortmeerbeek became empty. Boortmalt is still active today, but is not longer present in Boortmeerbeek. The company is today one of Europe’s main producers and exporters of malt. The old building is now reconverted to a restaurant and offices. I visited ‘Malterie de Boortmeerbeek’ in 2006.

Built 1974
Abandoned 1995
reconverted 2008
Malterie de Boortmeerbeek
Malterie de Boortmeerbeek
Malterie de Boortmeerbeek
Malterie de Boortmeerbeek
Malterie de Boortmeerbeek
Malterie de Boortmeerbeek
Malterie de Boortmeerbeek
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