Stockholm Royal Seaport
Stockholm Royal Seaport is the largest urban development area in Sweden, with plans for at least 12,000 new homes and 35,000 workplaces.
In an article for "World Economic Forum", mayor of Stockholm, Anna König Jerlmyr, shares her thoughts on the city’s approach for green urban development. As a notable example, she mentions Stockholm Royal Seaport as a testbed where new climate-smart ideas and methods are tried and tested with the ambition to inspire other cities, companies, and researchers.
For the eight consecutive year, Stockholm Royal Seaport has compiled an annual sustainability report. When the first buildings in the Brofästet phase reported energy use after one year of operation the result was positive. Four out of ten buildings meet the energy requirement. The plus energy buildings are 42 per cent better than the requirement, which indicates good form factor and good building and technical installation parameters.
Brussels, Vienna, and Stockholm have launched a research and innovation collaboration on the transnational call; Energy-positive neighbourhoods within the European Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods (PED), and received funding from the Swedish Energy Agency for the project. Energy-positive neighbourhoods is a collaboration between Viable Cities and JPI Urban Europe.
Facts and figures
About the area
Stockholm Royal Seaport is the largest urban development area in Sweden with at least 12,000 new homes and 35,000 workplaces. Planning work started in the early 2000s and the new city district will be fully developed around 2030.
The area runs along the waterline of the Baltic Sea, lies next door to the Royal National City Park and is just ten minutes away from central Stockholm by bicycle. The industrial site around the gasworks area will be transformed into an urban district that interacts with port operations and the existing residential areas.
More than 3,000 new housing units are now occupied and added to the existing residential area of 1,600 households. Approximately 5,400 housing units have been appointed to 45 developers, but more than half of the development is still to be planned and appointed. The district will be adapted to future climate changes as well as safeguarding biodiversity and ecological values. A resource efficient area with low environmental impact.
More than 600 companies are established in the area, among them Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange and Magasin III one of the leading institutions of contemporary art in Europe.
Property developers participate in competence development seminars at an early stage, to offer their views and experience in an effort to achieve the sustainability targets. During the years that the Royal Seaport is being designed and developed, the sustainability requirements will gradually be updated. The requirements will be adapted as new knowledge, experience and research findings are presented and realised.
Construction start: 2011
Size: 236 hectares
Total investment: € 2,2 billion (Land owned by the City of Stockholm)
Public transports: Metro, biogas and electro hybrid buses, and commuter boat
Municipal art: 1% of the investments is committed to art
A more in depth timeline is available on our external sustainability reporting site. Norra Djurgårdsstaden 2030 (external site).
Estimated time plan
Please note that changes might occur over time and that the timeline will be revised throughout ongoing projects.
2008 Decision on environmental profile by the City Council. Opening of Scandinavia's most modern cruise terminal. Building works start on expansion of the South Värtahamnen port.
2009 Clinton Climate Initiative pledges support for Stockholm Royal Seaport. Opening of offices and businesses in the Riga complex in Värtahamnen port.
2010 Construction of tunnel to carry power lines in Hjorthagen. Closure of gasworks. Stockholm is appointed the first European Green Capital by the European Commission.
2011 Building works starts on the first 670 dwellings in the north western district of Hjorthagen.
2012 The first new residents move into the north western district of Hjorthagen. Building starts on 1,200 flats in the second phase of construction. Construction start for a bridge over the Husarviken inlet for pedestrians and cyclists.
2014 Construction start in the third and fourth residential phases. The Norra länken road infrastructure (E20 European Motorway) opens for traffic.
2015 Building work starts in the gasworks area.
2016 Opening of the new passenger terminal at the Värtapiren pier.
2019 Construction completed of the school, preschool and the sports hall - Hjorthagshallen, in the Gasworks area.
2020 Dismantling of oil management at Loudden begins.
2024 Building work starts for Kolkajen in Hjorthagen.
2025 Building work starts for Loudden.
2026 Building work starts for Valparaiso in Värtahamnen.
2030 Hjorthagen will be completed with 6,000 new homes, offices and commerce, preschools, schools, sports and culture.
2030+ Stockholm Royal Seaport will be completed with at least 12,000 more homes and 35,000 new jobs from Hjorthagen to Loudden.
Sustainable Urban Development
In 2009, the Stockholm City Council decided that Stockholm Royal Seaport would be designated an area with an environmental profile with the mandate to determine what is possible in the current situation and push the boundaries where possible, to become a model of sustainable urban development.
On our external website StockholmRoyalSeaport2030.se you can follow our sustainability journey closely. This is where progress in the run-up to 2030 is being published. You can see how the requirements are being met, and the various innovation projects are explained in more detail.
A hub of innovation
Stockholm Royal Seaport is a testbed where new ideas, methods, and approaches are developed and tested to inspire other cities and municipalities, researchers, companies, and organisations to think in new ways. Here we present several innovation projects ongoing and terminated.
Examples of awards
Winner of the Swedish Landscape Architecture Prize. The area received the 2019 Swedish Landscape Architecture Prize, partly in thanks to the project creating space for vegetation which provides both a sensory experience, and also a buffer against climate change. According to the jury, the space between Jaktgatan and Lövängsgatan is a great example of how dense, green cities can look in practice.
Prize for best sustainable urban development. In competition with other urban development projects around the world, Stockholm and Stockholm Royal Seaport received an award for best sustainable urban development project in the category Sustainable Communities. The award was presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015 by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network connecting more than 80 of the world’s megacities. The award is proof that Stockholm is an international leader in sustainable urban development.
More about our sustainability work
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