As Urban Times has numerously stressed, Scandinavian countries are leaders in sustainable development in Europe. Both Finland and Sweden have completed successful green districts. Having explored Hammarby Sjöstad in my previous article, the next big project that I will focus on is the Stockholm Royal Seaport.
Norra Djurgårdsstaden – Stockholm Royal Seaport
Stockholm Royal Seaport is the emerging residential district on the shores of Lake Mälaren. The main aim of the development is to accommodate Stockholm’s growing population in a sustainably developed district, combining environmental quality with economic and social vibrancy. With residents already moving into the northern part of the region, Hjorthagen, the development is due to be completed by 2030, and it will provide homes for 10,000 families and 30,000 work spaces. The Royal Seaport incorporates the latest climate-smart technology, such as a smart power grid in order to minimize energy use and optimize waste management.
The transport network will also be enhanced by a tram link and bio-fueled buses, while improved cycle lanes will allow people to reach the city centre in just 10 minutes. Drawing from the experience with Hammarby Sjöstad, the architects of the project are not only incorporating standard sustainability features but are also providing real contact with nature. Many flats will overlook the Royal National Urban Park, while open water and green spaces can be quickly and easily accessed by bike. The redevelopment of the port will also modernize ferry and cruise traffic and make it more efficient.
When completed, the Royal Seaport development will bring Stockholm closer to the target of sustaining urban life with zero fossil fuel emissions by 2050. The environmental sustainability of the district will also be enhanced by economic and social vibrancy. The proximity to the city centre and main shopping centres will also add to the vitality of the area. The vision of the project is to attract a variety of world-class companies and skilled workers from various sectors, from port-related operations to financial services, media, start-ups and cultural activities. Conditions for doing business will be improved and new jobs are expected to be created. In addition, Stockholm City Council has found a way to combine environmental and economic sustainability by developing and promoting Swedish green technological advancements.
Besides catering for a business hub, the district will also be attractive to different social and age groups by providing cultural venues for arts and dance performances as well as a range of amenities from cafés and restaurants to cinemas and gyms.