HOUSING, PREMISES AND RESTAURANTS
MASTHUGGSKAJEN GETS NEW LIFE
In May, the first sod for Masthuggskajen in Gothenburg was taken. The work of creating a completely new living district right next to the river Göta Älv is one of Stena Fastigheter’s largest and most recognized urban development projects ever. And it is done on classical Stena land.
Martin Gidenstam, Business Developer at Stena Fastigheter Gothenburg has spent many hours on the empty surface close to the water. In front of him, he can see the river Göta Älv. Behind him, there are parking spaces, the traffic route Oscarsleden and the urban streets called Långgatorna with their crowded street life. On the other side of the river, he is looking at the orange harbor cranes that have become a symbol of Gothenburg’s industrial history. Now Martin himself is becoming part of writing history.
”I live nearby. To me, Järntorget right behind me is the very soul of Gothenburg. Now we get the opportunity to use this extraordinary place to tie the water and city centre together. Here, Stena Fastigheter will contribute to five new blocks with 300 rental apartments. Besides, we are building 30,000 square metres of new premises for offices, restaurants and shops. This place is part of Stena’s history, which adds an extra dimension to my work”, says Martin Gidenstam.
For many people in Gothenburg, Masthuggskajen is synonymous with Stena. Here we find the Stena Line terminal, which was inaugurated in 1972. From here, thousands and thousands of passengers have travelled with the ferry to Denmark and Frederikshavn for a ”hygge” – enjoying themselves in a Danish way. The building is the heart of the Stena Group where, among others, CEO Dan Sten Olsson has his office. Next to the terminal, we also find Stena Fastigheter’s head office as well as Gothenburg office. This means it’s not many metres between Martin Gidenstam’s desk space and the empty surfaces, that in a few years will be turned into something completely different.
A SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD WORKED OUT IN COLLABORATION WITH OTHERS
At Masthuggskajen – stretching almost one kilometre along the water – a total of 1,300 homes and up to 6,000 new workplaces will be built. The new district will be filled with housing, offices, hotels, restaurants, preschools and cultural life. For this to become a reality, an artificial peninsula is being built into Göta Älv.
”The city builds the foundation for the peninsula, where we then can create four of the five blocks. Two of them will be developed in cooperation with Riksbyggen. We build rental apartments and Riksbyggen condominiums”, says Martin Gidenstam.
What is happening on Masthuggskajen is thus far from the work of one single person. Masthuggskajen is developed by the City of Gothenburg and a consortium, in which Stena Fastigheter Gothenburg, Elof Hansson Real Estate, Folkets Hus Gothenburg, Draken Hotel, NCC, Riksbyggen and Älvstranden Development are included.
”We are several partners who cooperate. There is a great complexity in this urban development project. We have a lot of things to take into account and we also demand that the project is at the forefront when it comes to sustainability, ”says Martin Gidenstam.
Stena Fastigheter is involved in developing Masthuggskajen with a focus on those who are going to live, work and use the place. It will be a place where the urban Gothenburg student will be able to live in a sustainable, smart way in the heart of the cultural and creative part of the city. Masthuggskajen also participates in what is called Citylab. It is a forum where experts and urban development projects share knowledge and experience about sustainability.
”We are looking at sustainability from many different perspectives. The houses will be certified and we also take a social responsibility. For example, this could mean that we take social considerations into account when choosing entrepreneurs who undertake to bring in apprentices in the project.
STENA FASTIGHETER STARTS TO BUILD
During summer next year, Stena Fastigheter will start the first part of the project. A 15-storey building will then take shape next to Stena Fastigheter’s current office, today used as a parking area. In addition, two new floors will be added to the current office on Värmlandsgatan.
”The two houses will be built together and the city enriched with a 6,500 square meter new office space for external office tenants. When the peninsula is finished, we begin the work with residential buildings, ”says Martin Gidenstam.
MASTHUGGSKAJEN IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE – INCLUDING THE SHIP OSTINDIEFARAREN
For Masthuggskajen to become a colourful part of the city, culture will play an important role. Among other things, Ostindiefararen Götheborg, a replica of a ship from the 18th century, will get a new quay next to the new peninsula.
”In connection to where the ship will get its permanent mooring, a Visitor Center will be built. This will be a place where people want to go. People living in Gothenburg as well as tourists,” Martin Gidenstam ends.
Masthuggskajen is created by the City of Gothenburg and a consortium where Stena Fastigheter, Elof Hansson Real Estate, Folkets Hus Gothenburg, Draken Hotel, NCC, Riksbyggen, Gothenburg and Älvstranden development are included. The area is Citylab-certified for sustainable urban development. The first tenants are planned to move in 2023 and according to the City of Gothenburg, the whole area is planned to be ready in 2026.
THE PEOPLE IN STENA FASTIGHETER’S NEIGHBOURHOOD
The real estate company Stena Fastigheter does not only put focus on their houses but also, and most of all, the people living and working in their neighbourhood. To put light on them, Stena Fastigheter has created the movie series My Neighborhood. The series is published on stenafastigheter.se and in social media. Among others, you meet tenants, ideally engaged people and staff at Stena Fastigheter, who share their favorite places and show you around the neighborhood. In one of the most recently published films, Christina Tollbom tells about her job as a manager in
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