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April 24, 2022

Stockholm Central: A tale of urban transformation

Railways move millions, but railyards can be barrier between people and places. An urban redevelopment project in and around the historic Stockholm Central Station aims to solve the dilemma. Here are the highlights.

Stockholm Central Station, Sweden’s largest transportation hub, opened in the heart of the Swedish capital in 1871. Today it faces a makeover to keep pace with forecasted increases in rail travel, to improve intermodal connections, and to create an entirely new, vibrant multifunctional urban space.

The makeover is part of a wider urban and regional mobility strategy that could significantly help progress sustainability goals. But doing so requires a shift in thinking about what a transport hub ‘is’ to what it ‘does.’

Ramboll and its partners are part of the winning bid to redevelop the station. The new area, called the Central City, will include six new mixed-use blocks and a partial rebuild of Central Station. Below, we explore three ways the development will drive environmental and social sustainability.

Why we're giving Sweden's most visited place a makeover

1. Low-carbon hub for low-carbon mobility

As the greenest form of high-volume transport, railways are essential for low-carbon lifestyles and economies. Railways produce fewer emissions, reduce road congestion,and can carry more customers and freight while using less energy than most other modes of transport. But Central City itself aims to be a low-carbon transportation hub too.

Ramboll is part of the climate and energy team tasked with using data-driven, science-based targets to ensure the project has the smallest possible carbon footprint from a lifecycle perspective. This includes applying a climate-oriented perspective to each element of development—including measuring the degree of utilisation of the created premises, reusing old buildings and recycled materials, and using new materials with a low climate footprint.

A key focus for Ramboll in the project is reducing embodied carbon, including for the project’s proposed deck, which covers the rails and most of the 35,000 square meter project site.

To reduce carbon impact, the deck will use a hybrid steel-timber superstructure for the commercial buildings, with timber floor panels replacing higher-carbon systems like steel and concrete. Conscious of the larger sustainable economic ecosystem, the team switched some design elements in their plans from traditional concrete to steel from Sweden’s fossil-free steel mills for further carbon reductions.

2. From a barrier to a bridge for residents

The old central station was a barrier which divided the neighbourhoods around the station and made it more difficult for pedestrians to go from A to B. By establishing decks over the train tracks, the new stations will instead tie the city better together, without impacting the historic skyline.

3. Manage the value of natural capital

The project is scheduled for planning consultations in 2023.

To contact the editor of this article, email: Mercedes Beaudoin, Senior Copywriter - Ramboll

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