Conversion of old factory De Porre to city park, Ghent

Ghent is home to the old textile factory De Porre, hub of a thriving textile industry during the 30’s and for many years a major provider of employment. In World War II the factory was heavily bombed and rebuilt afterwards. Bankruptcy forced the factory to close its doors in 1980.
After years of vacancy, large parts of the factory had become dilapidated and run down. An unsafe, abandoned place, with vandalism running rampant, the vacant factory soon deteriorated into a source of nuisance to the local residents.
The project aims to reconvert the old textile factory into a city park. This reconversion is part of a mixed-use development urban renewal project commissioned by Sogent, the urban development company of Ghent.