Where will the new Kiruna city centre be situated?
The new Kiruna city centre will be situated about 3 km east of today’s city centre. The winning proposal in the architecture competition “A new city centre for Kiruna” connects central Kiruna with Tuolluvaara and Lombolo.
Who has decided on the location of the new city centre?
On September 19, 2011, the municipal council decided on the location.
Why was this area chosen to be the new city centre?
At first, there were two options for a future city centre: one in the northwest and one to the east as seen from the existing urban area. In 2009, LKAB presented an analysis of ground and soil conditions in the northwest. It showed that parts of the area were undermined by previous mining activities in Luossavaara. Ore deposits were found in other parts of the area. In addition, Australian mining company Avalon wanted to resume copper mining adjacent to the former Viscaria mine.
In the end, Kiruna Municipality determined that there was no longer a continuous surface area in the northwest that was large enough to accommodate an entire city centre.
What was the result of the architect competition for a new city hall?
The winner of the competition was the entry "Kristallen", submitted by Henning Larsen Architects A/S.
What was the result of the city centre architecture competition?
The winner of the competition was the entry "Kiruna 4-ever", submitted by White Arkitekter AB and Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter.
Who pays for the city transformation?
According to the Minerals Act, the concession holder (in this case LKAB) shall pay compensation for damage or encroachment resulting from land or other space being utilized for exploitation or activities connected therewith.
What will the city transformation cost?
There is no exact answer to that question, but we are talking about billions of Swedish kronor (SEK). According to LKAB, the company had reserved 6 billion SEK for the transformations in Kiruna and Malmberget up until 2011.
When will the city transformation be finished?
The winning proposal, Kiruna 4-ever, describes a process that goes on until the year 2100. Whether the city transformation will be finished by then is impossible to say at this time.
Where will the future railway station be located?
The Swedish Transport Administration is the authority in charge of this matter, but Kiruna municipality's wish is that the railway station is located in connection with the future city centre. As of August 31 2013, the old railway station is closed and a temporary railway station is in place about 1 mile from the present city centre.
How will LKAB's level 1365 mine affect today's city center?
Inside the area affected by the latest main level there are 3.200 homes, 750 hotel beds, the entire city centre´s commercial district, the majority of public institutions including the city hall, upper secondary school, an elementary school, the hospital, library, the church and public baths and around 1.000 jobs. No less than 33 percent of central Kiruna´s population must move - around 6.000 people. However, everyone living here is affected in one way or another by city transformation as many important social functions are located in the area.
How is planning for the new Kiruna going?
Kiruna Municipality has developed a plan proposal that complies with the inhabitants' wishes for a functionally mixed and dense city centre with a clear city feel, a main square, and high street.
What is interest in building in Kiruna like?
Many property firms and investors are interested in building in the new Kiruna. An announcement was made in the beginning of 2015 presenting the companies invited to bid for the construction of the first blocks. Proposals on Swedish pages (PDF, 3 MB)
When will building of the new Kiruna commence?
The first buildings in the city center are expected to be ready in 2019. Over the subsequent years, expansion of the city will continue, and is estimated to be ongoing for 10-15 years.
What buildings will be ready first?
It is currently not finalised exactly what buildings will be ready first, but the ambition is a new city hall, a city hotel, housing, workplaces, retail premises, a restaurant and a café, as well as some municipal services.
What will the high street look like?
The high street will start at the eastern part of the main square. The idea here is to create a cosy city street with shops on the ground floors on both sides of the street. On the floors above the shops will be housing and workplaces. Further east along the high street, and closer to the new E10, will be an area intended for superstores.
The Development Plan on Swedish pages