Veidekke wins contract to build arts centre in Norway

WCN Editorial Team 31 Dec 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Norwegian construction company Veidekke has signed a contract with Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst to build an arts centre in Trondheim city, Norway.

Located at Kjøpmannsgata 36-38, Trondheim city, the project will span on area of about 3,300m². It was initiated and will be funded by Kjell Erik Killi Olsen.

The project will comprise an exhibition space, art workshops, storage, a theatre stage, catering facilities, dedicated office space and offices for rent along with a sculpture park on the roof.

Veidekke said that it will be a turnkey contract valued at NOK 113m ($12.8m).

Veidekke Bygg Trøndelag district manager Ståle Brovold said: “We are so grateful for the trust placed in us and are proud to have been chosen to build a cultural centre that will mean a lot to artists and cultural life in Trondheim.”

According to Veidekke Kjøpsmannsgata Ung Kunst is a NOK 175m ($19.8m) worth gift to the city from the artist called Kjell Erik Killi Olsen.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in January and is set to be completed by September 2021.

Upon completion, the project is expected to become a meeting place for people interested in art with an interdisciplinary programme.

Veidekke is developing the project in partnership by Killi Olsen, Kjøpmannsgata Unge Kunstnere, HUS architects AS.

In October this year, the construction company was selected by Bane NOR, the owner of the railway network in Norway, to build a railway tunnel in the country.

Veidekke was responsible for the design and construction of Skogertunnelen which is a new double-track tunnel from Drammen to Kobbervikdalen on the Vestfoldbanen railway under the contract worth $214m.

The contract included the construction of a 6km tunnel through Strømsåsen, and the 300m day zone that will connect the tunnel to existing tracks.

Veidekke was also responsible for the construction of a total of 10.8km of tunnel, along with evacuation tunnels, and line approximately 165,000m² with concrete cast in situ, to secure the tunnel against frost and water penetration.

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Image: Rendering of the art centre in Trondheim. Photo: courtesy of Veidekke ASA.

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