Future infrastructure

Redesign of the park

Redesign of the park

Ghent University has committed and made funds available to upgrade both the mobility and the redesign of the park.The works are subsidized by VLAIO for 1.8 million euro. Ghent University contributes more than 3 million euro.

What's on the agenda?

  • A new central meeting place (parvis)
  • The construction of a new ring road with more measures to slow down the traffic
  • Improvement works on the green areas, including picnic islands and two sports fields
  • The construction of a network for cyclist and pedestrians

As part of these works, the underground pipelines will also be renewed, new streetlights will be installed and additional data facilities will be expanded. The ring road will be furbished for two-way traffic and will allow for the bus routes of De Lijn to traverse the park. Two bus stops will be built as well. At this point no free standing bike path will be constructed. However, a 3 meter strip around the ring road will be safeguarded in order not to rule out this option in the future.

A network for cyclists and pedestrians will be constructed in the green areas and a central bicycle axis will be realized.
This main bicycle road will connect the parvis, the parking building and the tram stop in Zwijnaarde. In time, a connection with the roundabout and the park forest will also be added;

Improvement works will be carried out in the green areas, including picnic islands and two sports fields with ping-pong tables and soccer field, as well as some long overdue forest management.

All these construction works will greatly improve the look and feel of the park, and will further enhance the water management and biodiversity.

Ghent University is working towards a more uniform park appearance and by improving the ‘soft road network’ they’ll enhance the safety for cyclists and pedestrians as well as making the green park strips more enjoyable.

The car traffic at the park will be better managed. The cars will be guided to the respective car parks and/or to the new parking tower. Access management for cars has also been introduced.

Execution of the works

As part of the redesign of the entire Campus Adoyen, there are multiple phases of construction works.

Below, you can find an indication of the upcoming phases :
- South Road phase: Oct 2021 – May 2022
- Phase East 1&2: Spring 2022 – End 2022
- North phases: Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
- Parvis – suspended: pending new design

Alongside you will find a plan indicating the different stages of the works.

South Road phase: Oct 2021 – May 2022

On the 20th of October 2021 the first phase has started. In this phase the road, footpaths, roadsides and street lighting in the area between the roundabout and Fujirebio will be renewed. These works are scheduled for completion in spring 2022.
During these works, there will be some inconvenience and accessibility to the companies/research institutes might be more difficult. A diversion route will be mapped and two-way traffic will be installed on certain sections of the site. With each new phase, a new traffic solution will be communicated.

Please find HERE for the South Road phase, an overview of the alternative routes for cars, bicycles and the Max Mobiel Shuttle Service.

If you want to have an update on these works, please click HERE.

Mobility projects around the park

Master Project Ardoyen and surroundings

Master Project Ardoyen is a joint project with the City of Ghent and its partners AWV (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer), Ghent University, De Lijn and VZW Ardoyen.
Together they are working towards an integrated and sustainable development and accessibility of the Technology park Ardoyen.
With the main aim of sustainable mobility, the partners want to make the site more accessible through small and large interventions: footpaths, bike paths, better public transport. In addition, modifications to the accessibility of the site at the N60 roundabout (with bicycle tunnel) and a new bicycle connection between De Sterre and Ardoyen (with bicycle bridge) are an important part of this project.

Want to find out more about the projects?
Visit the project site: Project Ardoyen

AWV is investigating modifications to the accessibility of the site at the N60 roundabout (with bicycle tunnel) and a new bicycle connection between De Sterre and Ardoyen (with bicycle bridge)
foto tram 2
We have a dream: a tram stop in the heart of the campus!

A new R&D Center for Daikin

Daikin is planning a cutting-edge development complex in Ghent

Daikin Europe N.V. (DENV), the European subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd., and leader in the field of climate solutions, has chosen Ghent as its new location for the EMEA Development Center (EDC).

The EDC needs additional capacity, test chambers and larger research facilities equipped with the latest technologies. It is therefore planning the construction of a cutting-edge development complex on our Tech Lane Ghent Science Park / Campus Ardoyen in the second half of 2021. The new and more extensive EDC is also very important for DENV with a view to the further development of new technologies.

Following a study into the ideal new location for the headquarters of the EMEA Development Center, Daikin Europe N.V. had its eye on Tech Lane Ghent Science Park / Campus Ardoyen.

As a Top 100 university, Ghent University has a renowned doctorate programme in ‘Mechanical Engineering’, and is, in that sense, a significant source of future employees. Ghent University and the EDC have already worked together, and will intensify their collaboration at the new site in the field of new heating technologies, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.

The preparatory work could start towards the end of the summer of 2021. The intention is to inaugurate the test building in May 2023, and to take the office area into use at the end of 2023.

A new multipurpose student building

VTK builds multipurpose student building

In a few years, the civil and industrial engineering students will move to Campus Ardoyen/Tech Lane. As the faculty’s main student association, VTK is taking initiative to build a multipurpose student hub on the site. The already existing facilities of Campus Ardoyen will be supplemented with a multipurpose hall, storage space, meeting rooms and student association rooms where the various student organisations active at the faculty can establish their headquarters.

With this building, VTK not only wants to ensure the necessary student facilities, but also wants to take a step in the direction of making Tech Lane a vibrant, dynamic campus. The architecture and infill of the building is focused on openness, innovation and sustainability, values that VTK finds of paramount importance.

The preparatory work started in september 2019. The intention is to take the building into use at the beginning (oktober) of the academic year 2022.