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1. Vibrant City

A vibrant city centres on people. It is open, inclusive, with functions for people at different stages of life and offers a variety of housing types. Public spaces are at the heart of urban life and provide opportunities for spontaneous, unanticipated encounters between people from different backgrounds and identities.

A vibrant city is diverse and offers amenities that ensure that the city is populated, safe and exciting at all times of the day and night throughout the year and supports business activity. It is a city characterised by equality, a place that everyone can use on their own terms, and where women and men are included in the design of the city. A dense, green, and interconnected city facilitates walking and cycling and contributes to reduced climate impact and increased wellbeing.

This strategy helps achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

This strategy helps achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Here we report on and provide examples of what is being done to meet sustainability targets. Key figures compiled for the overarching strategy are available further down on this page.

1.1 A robust and coherent city structure

Discussions are currently ongoing regarding Södra Värtan to dismantle the eastern railyard to make way for a new main street that would link the area with neighbouring Gärdet. The Swedish Transport Administration is to develop a proposal for the railyard by Sweden’s Royal Tennis Club, which is necessary prior to dismantling the railyard in Värtan.

The inauguration of a new elementary school, (Bobergsskolan), and a new sports hall, (Hjorthagshallen), are signs that parts of the Gasverket area are now open to the public. Read more

How targets have been met
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1.1 Create a robust and interconnected urban structure80% of residents are extremely or fairly satisfied with the possibility to walk or cycle to neighbouring areas. Resident survey 2019.

1.2 An equal city

In conjunction with the land allocation for Kolkajen, developers are required to provide concepts for norm-creative housing and property design. Proposals that have been received to date relate to shared spaces and their functions, and thereby reduce housing costs.

More than half of the new homes that have been built so far are rental apartments and almost one in 10 properties are student or group housing. Forty-six per cent are tenant-owned apartments.

More about housing supply

Rents in Stockholm Royal Seaport are on a par with other new builds in central Stockholm and the size of apartments varies, with a majority being two-, three-, or four-room apartments. The breakdown of apartment sizes is as follows: 10 per cent are one-room apartments, 34 per cent two-room, 29 per cent three-room, 24 per cent four-room, and three per cent five-room or more. See chart below.

Diagram 1.1 Apartment sizes in finished properties

Virtually one in 10 dwellings built to date are student accommodation. Image: Lieselotte Van Der Meijs

How targets have been met
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1.2 Contribute to the creation of an equal city54% rental apartments, (of which 8% are student apartments), and 46% dwellings, (of which
<1 % tenure, <1 % urban town houses, 2% 55+). Various apartment sizes: 10% one-room apartments; 34% two-room, 29% three-room, 24% four-room, and 3% five-rooms or larger.

1.3 Active daily life

Centrally locating services such as supermarkets and schools contributes to accessibility and gives a vibrancy to everyday life. The first section of Bobergsskolan was inaugurated in the autumn term of 2019, and 420 pupils now attend the school up to year six. Classrooms for the upper school will be completed by 2022 so that children in the immediate area will not need to change school or travel out of the area. When Bobergsskolan is complete, it will have space for up to 900 pupils. Adjacent to the school, the full-size Hjorthagshallen sports hall, offers handball and floorball courts and fencing facilities. There is also a homework room to help pupils combine sports and study.

During the year, a Systembolaget store, Klätterverket, a café and a gym, among other amenities, located to Gasverket. Work is underway to complete the Stockholm Transport Museum and the latest phase of one of the gas towers, which are planned to open in 2020 and 2025, respectively. Read more

Background density analysis

In the completed stages, the proportion of apartments is high. As the project reaches Ropsten and progresses further into Gasverket and Södra Värtan, the proportion of commercial spaces will increase, the average is currently 14 per cent. As the next stages contain a larger proportion of commercial premises, this proportion will increase to 30 per cent.

The 2016 density analysis1 included development sites and half of the surrounding streets. The plot ratio for Södra Värtan is lower than Kolkajen, but the number of building storeys is greater, which results in a higher utilization rate. Södra Värtan, Västra, and Norra 1 have the largest number of storeys.

Västra, Norra 1 and 2, Brofästet, and Kolkajen have virtually the same utilization figure, although with different coverage and number of storeys. Compared to other areas in Stockholm, Liljeholmskajen has the highest utilization rate and coverage. Södra Värtan has the second highest plot ratio, followed by Hammarby Sjöstad. The plot ratio for sites that have been planned for Stockholm Royal Seaport is 2.3 and is higher compared to the rest of Stockholm. For example, Hammarby Sjöstad has a plot ratio of 1.7, while Hagastaden has 7.2.

[1] Density analysis is based on the Spacemate method and includes quantitative aspects such as plot ratio, (FSI, intensity), coverage (GSI, compactness), spaciousness (OSR, spaciousness) and building height in number of storeys (L).

How targets have been met
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1.3 Plan for a well-functioning everyday life

26% of residents are extremely or fairly satisfied with access to pre-schools. The figure is 26% for schools and 12% for range of cultural activities. 47% of residents are extremely or fairly satisfied with the availability of space for children under 6 to play in and for children over 6 that number is 26%. Residents survey 2019.
The proportion of those who responded “Don't know” is large, which is probably due these respondents not having children of ages relevant to the question.

64% of residents are extremely or fairly satisfied with the availability of supermarkets. That figure falls to 47% for restaurants, cafes etc. Resident survey 2019.

72% of residents are extremely or fairly satisfied with access to squares/meeting places and 42% with sports and leisure activities. Resident survey 2019.

1.4 Attractive and safe city spaces

In a built-up urban environment, it is important to create open space, i.e. land that is not built on and that is accessible to all. When the Hjorthagen section of Stockholm Royal Seaport in Hjorthagen is fully developed, public open spaces with social value will constitute about 23 per cent of its surface area, which corresponds to just over 20m2  per dwelling. To date, public open space with social value amounts to 20 per cent of surface area, equivalent to 19m per dwelling. The map below shows public open spaces with social value.


More about work on safety

To identify areas that are perceived as unsafe, a safety walk and fire protection drill was conducted with the involvement of the police, the City District of Östermalm, business leaders, residents, politicians, and other local stakeholders. During the walk, potential improvements to the street environment and traffic safety were identified. These included a perceived risk associated with parents dropping off their children at the school or sports hall by car.

One measure that was possible to take immediately was to supplement the lighting of the stairway at Bobergsskolan playground. Signage and painting at the school has been improved so that it is now clearer that it is a school road and that the speed limit is 30km/h. Discussions are ongoing with Stockholm Parkering about the possibility of further improving lighting in Gasverket car park.

In Södra Värtan, safety reviews have been carried out in collaboration with developers, which have resulted, for example, in improved lighting in Finlandsparken and at the station building. Making large sections of a supermarket’s windows transparent was an effective way of increasing social proximity.

In 2019, local parents’ group “Parent Walks of Östermalm” conducted six walks to help make the area feel safer and more secure to live and stay in – a key focus of this initiative is on children and young people between 10 and 19 years of age.

Safety is one of the most top concerns of Stockholm Royal Seaport residents and the resident survey of 2019 showed that the proportion of people who feel safe has decreased from 91 per cent in 2016 to 79 per cent in 2019. This level remains higher than for the rest of Stockholm, where the proportion who feel safe was 70 per cent in 2019.

“Safety walks play a key role in creating a safer environment. They provide us with valuable feedback about the overall project in terms of what is working and what can be improved for future design plans and construction.”
Ricardo Weibel, Construction Manager, Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm City Development Administration.

How targets have been met
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1.4 Create attractive and safe places at all times of the day and nightCommercial space: 14%. Public open spaces with social values: 20% (= 19 m2/dwelling). 79% of residents are extremely or fairly satisfied with safety in the area. Resident survey 2019.
How satisfied are residents with the area?

The 2019 resident survey shows that 99 per cent of residents in the area are satisfied with access to parks and natural spaces. The equivalent proportion for Stockholm as a whole is 84 per cent according to the City of Stockholm’s environment report from the same year. The perception among residents is that the area is considered to be a good area for children, young adults, the middle-aged and the elderly. The proportion of residents that say the area is suitable for young people is less than for other groups, see diagram 1.2.

Diagram 1.2 Would you say that Stockholm Royal Seaport is an area for…?

The proportion of residents who feel comfortable about letting their children play on their own in the courtyards in front of their apartment buildings is greater than the proportion that say they would let their children go to school or to leisure activities unaccompanied (see Figure 1.3). The proportion who chose not to express an opinion by answering “Don't know” is large, which is probably because these respondents do not have children of the relevant age.

Diagram 1.3 Do you feel comfortable letting your child or children…?

The boathouse park is designed for different ages and has a fenced ballpark, a playground, a larger lawn area, seating, and a public toilet.

What are the future plans for Gasklocka 2? (Only in Swedish)
The architectural firm Tengbom was assigned by the Stockholm City Development Administration to produce a proposal for Gasklocka 2.

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Key figures:

  • 8 preschools for 540 children.
  • 54% rentals of which 8% student apartments.
  • 20% of the public open spaces with social value, which equals 19m2 per dwelling.

Table 1.1 Key figures

Tabell 1: sammanställning av nyckeltal levande stad.
EtappNorra 2BrofästetGasverket VästraVärtaterminalenSödra VärtanVästraNorra 1Totalt / genomsnitt
Norra 2BrofästetGasverket västraVärtaterminalenSödra Värtan VästraNorra 1Total / average
Number of apartments598580001.5001.2576704.605
Types of tenure (rental and condominiums, per cent)58 : 4244 : 56Not relevantNot relevant20 : 8066 : 3431 : 6944 : 56
Commercial space, m²8.2003.05026.00016.000115.00010.3002.600Approx. 181.000
Share of commercial space, per cent11,44,3100100387,73,226
Plot ratio2,22,30,8Not relevant2,92,32,32,1