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.
One of the main objectives in Stockholm Royal Seaport is to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of this work, the City of Stockholm joined the C40 network and the Climate Positive Development Program and adopted the framework. The expected outcome of this collaboration is that the Royal Seaport project will become a climate positive urban district.
Stockholm Royal Seaport is focused on research and development and 20 Research and Development projects (R&D projects) are currently ongoing. These projects are often conducted in collaboration with the academic community, research institutes and businesses.
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 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.
More than 2,500 new housing units are now occupied and added to the existing residential area of 1,600 households. Approximately 5,100 housing units have been appointed to 55 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.
According to a decision by Stockholm City Council in 2010, Stockholm Royal Seaport is to be a sustainable urban district and an international model for sustainable urban planning.
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.
The port area
Stockholm is more than ever a natural base for tourism in the Baltic Sea region: the City offers extensive ferry services and is a popular port of call for cruise ships. Its location by the waterfront and closeness to the city centre makes it an attractive destination.
The harbour area in Värtahamnen includes a new and modern cruise terminal where several shipping lines start and end their cruises there. The expansion of the freight and container port at Norvikudden in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm, has given a further boost to Stockholm's status as one of the Baltic's leading port cities.
The port area has been modernised and concentrated to both piers: The Värtahamnen and Frihamnen piers. The Värtahamnen pier has expanded with an additional ferry quay. Building works at the pier started 2013 and the new pier was completed 2016.
The development of the Värtahamnen harbour area starts in 2019 containing new premises and around 2,400 new residences.
Moving the container handling from the Frihamnen harbour to Norvikudden releases ground areas for future development in the area, including some 10,000 new workspaces.
Oil handling in Loudden by the channel of South Djurgården, will be phased out. Doing so creates ground space for about 5,000 residences in the area. Loudden is also earmarked for development of approximately 2,000 new workspaces and could be fully developed by 2025.
The harbour area is already one of Stockholm's most company dense areas with companies such as stock market Nasdaq/OMX, shipping company Tallink Silja AB, IT and media companies, hotels, shopping and restaurants. Hundreds of companies occupy thousands of people every hour of the day.
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 1200 flats in the second phase of construction. Construction start for a bridge over the Husarviken inlet for pedestrians and cyclists.
2013 Building work starts on the Värtapiren pier.
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 Construction start in the fifth residential phase. Opening of the new passenger terminal at the Värtapiren pier.
2019 Construction of housing reaches the quay areas in Ropsten.
2022 First residents and businesses move into homes and offices in the Frihamnen port area. Building work starts on new homes and offices at Loudden. The new Värtaverket power plant is completed and becomes the largest bio fueled power plant in the world. The new city tram line is completed and opens for traffic.
Short facts and figures
Construction start: 2011
Size: 236 hectares
Total investment: € 2,2 billion
(Land owned by the City of Stockholm)
Target energy use: 55 kWh per square meter per year
Target emission rates: Carbon dioxide emissions below 1.5 ton per person by 2020, adapted to climate change, and fossil fuel free by 2030
Public transports: Metro, biogas and electro hybrid buses, and commuter boat
Municipal art: 1% of the investments is committed to art
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.
One of the prerequisites is broad political support, and the aspiration that Stockholm should continue to be a leader in sustainable urban development. These efforts are guided by five strategies. A working method has been developed to manage, lead and quality-assure these requirements.Gå till "How we work"
The sustainability programme for Stockholm Royal Seaport is based on ﬁve strategies for sustainable urban development. These were ratiﬁed by the Stockholm City Council in 2017. The aim of the strategies is to ensure that the area is developed sustainably over time. Read more about the results from the Sustainability Report.Gå till "Results 2017"
Stockholm Royal Seaport is focused on research and development and 20 Research and Development projects (R&D projects) are currently ongoing. These projects are often conducted in collaboration with the academic community, research institutes and businesses.Gå till "Research and development"
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.
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