Derelict industrial premises from the era of shipyards have been transformed into an exciting mix of modern housing and renovated dockside buildings.
The reconstruction of Eriksberg was made with the environment in focus. One interesting feature is the underground waste collection system. Eriksberg is one of the first areas in the world using several fractions. It was started already in 1993 and is still expanding. When Eriksberg is complete the automated waste collections system will handle waste (food-, paper- and residual waste) for over 5000 apartments.
Green Zone is a unique pioneering project, proving that it’s possible to create an almost waste-free environment even when building and operating services like a car wash and petrol station. The synergy-based solutions for air, light, energy and water make Green Zone a centre for learning about circular sustainability. Green Zone in Umeå was the first of its kind when it was established in 2000, and it’s still a role model when it comes to energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and a circular approach.
Kvillebäcken is the first urban district in Gothenburg built according to the new, more stringent, environmental demands. Traffic and buildings will be adapted to a more environmentally sustainable community, where no inhabitants will be dependent on transport by car. Housing and commercial buildings will meet strict demands on energy balance, indoor environment, healthy materials, protection from noise and moisture, greenery in the courtyards, and surface water management.
This 100 year-old harbour was primarily used for handling coal and coke. Its curved wharfs have been renovated and supplemented with low wooden jetties.
Inland from the wharfs, there are housing complexes built around green yards. Attractive outdoor areas, seats in sunny locations and well-planned green areas make ideal places for meeting and socialising.
In the early years of the new millennium, the municipality of Lomma with a population of some 20,000 people, embarked on a major project to expand and renew the central area around the small harbour and beach. The goal was to expand the population by 30 per cent, and at the same time remodel the central part of the municipality so that it would become more attractive to residents.
Sustainable Ålidhem in Umeå is a unique urban development project, encompassing the social, technical, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability. The objective of the project is to reduce energy usage, create a safer and more comfortable environment and transform Ålidhem into a sustainable neighbourhood. Ålidhem is a district of the city of Umeå, and Sustainable Ålidhem is an ambitious, wide-ranging project for sustainable urban development. Its main goal is to halve energy usage in the area.
In 1996 the decision was taken to create an eco-city from the 1950’s housing estate and 1960’s industrial area. This provides an excellent example of a successful sustainable makeover of an urban district. The make-over focused on efficient water systems, green roofs, and solar energy. The water systems include surface rainwater runoff systems, canals, and ponds.
This “city within a city” has its own systems for managing its energy supply and waste treatment. Car traffic in the area has been minimized as an environmentally friendly approach to urban planning and mobility.
The goal for Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm, Sweden, was to halve the overall environmental impact compared with if the area had been built in the early 1990s. The goal was not fully attained. But thanks to the ambitious target and integrated planning, this lakeside town has set an international example.
The Älvsbacka Bridge in Skellefteå is one of many pedestrian bridges constructed by Martinsons since the end of the 1980s.
The enviromental benefits frome construction in wood is just one of many. Wooden pedestrian bridges have many advantages over other bridge types:
High level of prefabrication
- Fast assembly times
- Minimal inconvenience to traffic with bridge spanning a road
- Low costs for transport and laying the foundation
- Documented quality and service life
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Gain valuable understanding of Gothenburg’s urban development strategy. Älvrummet is an exhibition dedicated to the radical transformation of both river banks. It showcases the long-term process of creating Älvstaden (The RiverCity), one of the largest urban development projects in Scandinavia.
Gothenburg city centre will double in size by the year 2050 with 25,000 new apartments and 45,000 new workplaces. By connecting the city, embracing the water and reinforcing the centre, we are committed to creating an inclusive, green and dynamic inner city open to the world.