Veidekke’s BRA Bygg to build Geely Innovation Center in Sweden

WCN Editorial Team 8 Nov 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

BRA Bygg has won a contract worth more than SEK2bn $223m for the construction of the Geely Innovation Center at Lindholmen in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Geely agreement is a design and build contract, and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

BRA Bygg Geely Innovation Center deputy managing director and project manager Anders Billström said: “Over more than five years, BRA Bygg and Geely have collaborated on developing plans for the Geely Innovation Center. Now we are looking forward to building a new and vibrant hub and powerhouse for Swedish innovation at Lindholmen in Gothenburg, in close collaboration with the customer.”

The former shipyard site at Lindholmen will house an open campus of multifunctional buildings with a total building area of more than 100,000m².

When completed in 2022, the new innovation centre will consist of offices, a car design centre and showroom, and a hotel. The centre is expected to accommodate nearly 3,500 employees.

Veidekke’s Swedish construction operations head Jimmy Bengtsson said: “The large scope of this contract is proof of the power of Veidekke’s strategic focus on commercial buildings and on the Gothenburg region, and it further confirms that the acquisition of Billström Riemer Andersson was the right decision.”

BRA Bygg is part of Billström Riemer Andersson (BRA), which is located in Gothenburg. BRA was acquired by the Veidekke Group in 2018.

Geely, a privately-owned Chinese company, is the main shareholder of Volvo Cars.

Team Veidekke has also won a contract worth NOK620m ($74m) from Ulven Bolig (OBOS) to build an initial 342 apartments at Ulven in Oslo, Norway, along with a large day-care facility and commercial space.

One of OBOS’s largest development projects, Ulvenparken will transform the 28-hectare site at Ulven into a new district of over 2,000 apartments.

The first phase includes a daycare centre with five departments and street-level commercial space.

Ulvenparken will include ample parking and open spaces, as well as ‘green’ zones. The project is located close to a shopping centre and Okern metro station.

Construction is expected to commence in December 2018 and the first occupants are due to take over their new apartments in 2021.

Team Veidekke comprises Veidekke Entreprenor, Bravida/ORAS, LPO Arkitekter, Erichsen & Horgen, Dr techn. Olav Olsen, Landskaperiet and Stema Radgivning.

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Image: Rendering of the Geely Innovation Center at Lindholmen in Gothenburg. Photo: Courtesy of Veidekke ASA.

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