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 2.2 million euro. Ghent University contributes more than 3.5 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 – End-May 2022
- Phase East 1: End-May 2022 – Mid-July 2022 (The area between BASF and the Parking Building)
- Phase East 2: August 2022 – End September 2022 (The area between the Parking Building and the Bio-Accelerator)
- 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 – End-May 2022


On the 20th of October 2021 the first phase has started. According to the current construction schedule, the new southern road will open on May 30. There will be a confirmation of this closer to the date.
The southern phase includes the new southern road for mixed traffic with a new footpath and bioswale.
The road profile already accommodates the arrival of De Lijn with new bus stops at the level of the VIB research building (building no.71).
Near Labo Magnel (building no. 60) there is a new square that connects with the central grass area. A food truck will be serving lunch on this square every day starting at the end of May.
Across the entire park a number of footpaths have also been realised to provide better connection between the buildings.
The bicycle path to the Hertooiebos neighbourhood has also been realized and, pending the top layer, it can already be used. This offers an alternative access to the park for cyclists coming from the east (Merelbeke, Zwijnaarde).
According to the current construction schedule, the new southern road will open on May 30.
There will be a confirmation of this closer to the date.
During these works, there will be some inconvenience and accessibility to the companies/research institutes might be more difficult.
With each new phase, a new traffic solution will be communicated.

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

East Road phase: End May 2022 – End September 2022


On May 30, a second phase will start: the eastern phase.

This eastern phase (indicated in blue on the map) will be done in two different phases in order to preserve the accessibility of the parking building:
Eastern phase 1: mid-May to mid-July
The area between BASF and the PARKING BUILDING
Eastern phase 2: August to end September
The area between the PARKING BUILDING and the BIO-ACCELERATOR

Practically, this means:
° All car traffic must re-enter via the main entrance. Entering via Tramstraat for companies located on Tramstraat will no longer be possible, but exiting will remain possible. The entrance barrier will no longer operate from 1 June.
° Two-way traffic on both southern and northern roads
° The parking building will initially be accessible via the northern road, then via the southern road.
° Max Mobiel will follow a new route and will stop respectively at the VIB stop, the temporary Cleanroom stop and the familiar stop at the AA Tower.

Find HERE for the East Road phase, an overview of the alternative routes for cars, bicycles and the Max Mobiel Shuttle Service.

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
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 intention is to inaugurate the test building in May 2023, and to take the office area into use at the end of 2023.

Read HERE the full article.