ÅF taking part in the transformation of Kiruna town
The relocation of Kiruna town has been going on for a few years and it is estimated that the re-development of the town centre will be complete in 2035. The new town centre is currently being built about 3 kilometres east of the existing one. Business and services are expected to commence in the new town centre, which will consist of about 50 shops, in September 2022.
ÅF has been tasked with planning the construction documents, project planning documents and contract documents for Blocks 7, 8 and 9 in the new Kiruna town centre. The three blocks will consist of shops, offices, garages, apartments and shelters.
“We have the opportunity to contribute to, by and large, all parts of the project planning of a house construction, which makes this a particularly exciting project,” said Peter Karlström, Project Manager and Head of Department Structural Engineering North.
The work has already begun and will continue for the next two years.
“Everyone wants to start building straight away, and we have to plan other parts in detail at the same time as we produce the project planning documents. This requires careful planning and direction to minimise repeats. Since I am born and raised in Kiruna, it is very exciting to be a part of the construction of the new centre. It feels great to have the opportunity to be a part of creating something new,” said Peter Karlström.
The municipality’s development plan is an important principle when project planning the new town centre. It is a plan which includes meeting the wishes of Kiruna’s inhabitants for a varied and dense town centre with a clear town feeling, a central square and a shopping street.
“To be part of shaping a new town, as a company, makes me incredibly proud, at the same time as I feel a great sense of responsibility. The challenges are of course enormous but so are the possibilities. Together with our competencies we can create the best possible conditions for our actual final customer – the people of Kiruna,” said Johan Rönnbäck, Deputy Regional Manager, Region North.
Photos: Tirsén & Aili Arkitekter