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Unique qualities and opportunities

Stockholm Royal Seaport is one of Europe’s largest urban development projects – one that is transforming former industrial land into a city district on land owned by the City of Stockholm.

The land is managed by the City Development Administration, which also manages project activities in close collaboration with other City of Stockholm companies and administrations*. The project is funded by land sales and land rights fees.

Planning for Stockholm Royal Seaport began in 2000 and land remediation started in 2004. In 2009, Stockholm City Council decided that the urban development project was to be a model in sustainable urban development.

The vision and goals that were decided on 2010 by Stockholm City Council were revised in 2017 under the Programme for Sustainable Development and is once again up for review by the City Council in 2021. Five strategies form the basis for our work that connects sustainability goals and city planning principles and includes ecological, economic, och social aspects.

Stockholm Royal Seaport is characterised by diversity and contrast. There is variety in its urban and natural environments with different characteristics and expressions, ranging from small-scale residential buildings to beautiful natural surroundings to large-scale industrial port and energy facility environments. This is a place where old meets new, large-scale meets small-scale. Building on what already exists is necessary for long-term sustainable urban development, while at the same time the basis for creating a dynamic and attractive urban environment.

Stockholm Royal Seaport’s central location – close to the waters of Lilla Värtan and the Royal National City Park – provides unique opportunities. Buildings in Hjorthagen form a link to the former gasworks, (Gasverket), where gas production ended in 2011. These former industrial buildings offer considerable potential for new, inspirational uses. Some industrial activity, such as energy production at Värtaverket and port operations, will be further developed, while others, such as the Loudden oil depot, will be phased out.

The proximity to water contributes to the dynamics of the site. It is planned that the quay area will be an integrated part of the city. As Stockholm Royal Seaport opens up and connects to the rest of Stockholm, it will become easier for people to move around, on foot or by bicycle, within and through the area.

Strengthening and creating dispersal zones for flora and fauna throughout Stockholm Royal Seaport and connecting it to the adjacent Royal National City Park strengthens the value of and connection to nature. Parks and green spaces are also defining features of this part of Stockholm.

*The companies and departments that primarily participate in the Stockholm Royal Seaport project are the City Planning administration, the Transport administration, the Environment and Health Administration, the City District Development Administration, Ports of Stockholm, and Stockholm Vatten och Avfall AB.

Helicopter view of the area, april 2019.
Updated 2021-08-25

Background

Stockholm Royal Seaport is one of Europe’s largest urban development projects. Former industrial areas are being transformed into an urban environment on land owned by the City of Stockholm.

The land is managed by the City Development Administration which also manages the project in close co-operation with other City of Stockholm administrations and companies*. The project is financed by land sales and leases.

Planning for Stockholm Royal Seaport began in 2000 and land remediation started in 2004. In 2009, Stockholm City Council decided that the urban development project was to be a model in sustainable urban development. The vision and goals that the City Council established in 2010 were revised in 2017 in the Sustainable Urban Development Programme and are once again up for review. Five strategies form the basis of the project, which combines sustainability targets and principles of city planning, and include ecological, economic, and social aspects.

Sustainable Urban Development Programme (PDF, 3MB, new window)

Stockholm Royal Seaport’s central location – close to the waters of Lilla Värtan and the Royal National City Park – provides unique opportunities. Buildings in Hjorthagen form a link to the former gasworks, (Gasverket), where gas production ended in 2011. These former industrial buildings offer considerable potential for new, inspirational uses. Some industrial activity, such as energy production at Värtaverket and port operations, will be further developed, while others, such as the Loudden oil depot, will be phased out.

The proximity to water contributes to the dynamics of the site. It is planned that the quay area will be an integrated part of the city. As Stockholm Royal Seaport opens up and connects to the rest of Stockholm, it will become easier for people to move around, on foot or by bike, within as well as across the area.

Strengthening and creating dispersal zones for flora and fauna throughout Stockholm Royal Seaport and connecting it to the adjacent Royal National City Park strengthens the value of and connection to nature. Parks and green spaces are also defining features of this part of Stockholm.

*The companies and administrations most involved in the project are the City Planning Administration, the Transport Administration, the Environment and Health Administration, the City District Administration, Ports of Stockholm, and Stockholm Vatten och Avfall.

Helicopter view of the area, april 2019

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