Wooden care tower Astor reaches its peak

June 12, 2019

ARENDONK / GEEL- The new building has dominated the street scene next to the railway in the center of Geel for a while, but the Astor care tower has now reached its highest point in eight months. The contractor will install the maypole on Thursday.

The Astor care tower in full construction, meanwhile the complex has reached its highest point. (PHOTO: RR)

The run-up was one with fierce neighborhood protests and various licensing procedures, but last year construction of the so-called care tower of Astor started on Klein Veldekens in Geel. In the meantime, the construction phase has progressed to such an extent that the tower complex has reached its highest point: eleven floors with a total height of 40 meters. The Arendonk construction company Hooyberghs will link the tradition of placing the maypole on Thursday afternoon.

When constructing the high-rise, the contractor used the technique of cross laminated timber (CLZ). Building with CLT means that instead of the classic masonry, large, solid plates are used. These plates consist of three to seven wood layers glued together. "By gluing these layers crosswise each time, the plates become extra strong and stable, but at the same time remain light. A huge plus in terms of installation," it sounds. Astor is also the tallest building with CLT technology in Belgium.

It also provides a constructional advantage according to general manager Tom Van Hauwe of Hooyberghs. "By choosing CLT instead of the traditional brick masonry, this tower was erected in just eight months. An undeniable speed advantage."

The care tower must accommodate 164 elderly residents with a care need.

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