Green space, nature-based solutions and resilience

Stockholm Royal Seaport – Let nature do the work

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 meters 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. To date, a total of 137,000 m² green spaces, such as parks and green areas, courtyards, and green roofs, created in Stockholm Royal Seaport. 550 trees of around 20 different species have been planted.
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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.
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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.

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.

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Stockholm Royal Seaport – Stormwater management

High-quality green structures in public open spaces are crucial in enabling ecosystem services. All stormwater from public open spaces and overflow water from development sites is channelled via drains to plant beds with biochar-infused soil, that stores water and ensures good plant growth. Plant beds soak up water and release it gradually towards Husarviken. In the event of heavy rain, when waterflows are at their greatest, ponds and retention basins capture water that would otherwise cause flooding. Parks and other green areas are able to store large amounts of water. Trees provide shade, temperature regulation, and reduce the effects of heatwaves. Green spaces also provide opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and access to nature on a daily basis.

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The size and design of courtyards, walls, and roofs influence how much eco-efficient surface can be created.