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You hear it often, and, from our own experience, we can only concur: renovation is more difficult and costly than building anew. Take the asbestos, for example, which has set the agenda in recent months. But it doesn’t end there.

It appears that after removing the boiler house’s beautiful, slender roof, it hasn’t stood the test of time. More than expected has to be renewed. And sure enough, the only standing wall needs to be demolished and rebuilt. Upon closer examination, it appears there’s no foundation beneath it!  


Sounds pretty dramatic, but when I look through realistic lenses, these are obstacles to be expected when making such drastic alterations to a hundred-year-old factory building. Apart from this, there are the necessary safety standards to meet. And, of course, we want a comfortable film house.

So, no, we’re not there yet. But we’re getting closer to the moment we can say: no more surprises. No more decontamination. Let’s get back to building. Now there’s one piece of equipment which is a symbol of construction on almost all major building sites, and that’s the tower crane. And yes, one was recently installed on our site.   At the edge of the large crater from which our cinemas will arise, stands a young man, not yet able to start, in quiet anticipation of the impending muscle work with steel and concrete for which he has been hired.

But before that can begin, there’s more digging to do. The already impressive hole in the ground will be dug another four meters deeper, far below the water table. Fortunately, this will be done quickly. The ground and water barrier is complete, as is the drainage. We can only hope that we don’t encounter any interesting fossils or the remains of a Roman settlement in the process. Then we can go onwards and upwards, and actually see the new Lumière start to grow.

Nico Haenen