Stockholm Royal Seaport

Sustainability Report

Nature-based solutions and resilience

Water and vegetation in Stockholm Royal Seaport play a key role in the social, economic, and ecological development of the area. All inhabitants have access to parks within 200 metres of their dwellings.

By way of intelligent design, blue and green structures can fulfil multiple functions, contribute to synergy effects, and provide ecosystem services. This offers opportunities in terms of recreational and aesthetic values that contribute to improved health and wellbeing.

A couple watering plants at a farming plant box.
Urban farming plant boxes have become natural meeting places for residents

Green Space Index (GSI) as a requirement document in combination with stormwater strategy supports well thought-out solutions that sustain plant growth, contributes to stormwater retention and recreational pursuits at development sites. The size and design of courtyards, walls, and roofs influence how much eco-efficient surface can be created.

Stockholm Royal Seaport is located next to the Royal National City Park. The world’s first national urban park is a green lung forming an arc more than six miles long, stretching around and through the city. The green structures in the northern section of the Royal Seaport area play a key role in a dispersal network for oak-living species and amphibians. At the planning stage, these habitats were protected and strengthened through planting and the building of a tunnel for amphibians, wetlands, and a retention basin. The area is home to several endangered and protected species.

Tunnel for amphibians under a local street with pictures of frogs on a grid surrounded by vegetation.
An amphibian tunnel makes it easier for the amphibians to move through the area
A close-up of small salamanders held in a hand.
Salamanders were moved from a pond in the Loudden area
A person working in the former oil depot area by a pond collecting salamanders.
Salamanders were moved the former oil depot in Loudden

Prior to soil remediation work in Loudden, the former oil depot area, more than 1,600 protected salamanders were moved from a pond in the area to a new pond near Kaknästornet. Follow-up has shown that they have settled well there.

The salamanders probably lived here before the container terminal was built about 100 years ago. Dock workers replenished the pond when it dried out and the salamanders have flourished.

Explains Kristin Quistgaard, Planning Manager for Loudden, Stockholm City Development Administration.

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Article Published: 08/06/2022 Updated: 16/05/2023