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Work starts on Foster + Partners’ £1bn Slussen masterplan

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Foster + Partners has begun work on its long-awaited competition-winning masterplan for the historic area of Slussen in Stockholm 

The £1 billion scheme is one of the largest transformational projects taking place in Sweden and will create a new urban quarter to the city. 

The practice beat bids from Jean Nouvel and Mia Hägg, Carl Nyrén, Gert Wingårdhs and BIG’s Bjarke Ingels to land the contest back in 2009.

Built in 1642, Slussen is the lock that separates the sea from Lake Malaren. In 1935 the lock was covered by Lundborg’s and William-Olsson’s “four-leaf clover” concrete road structure and this has now eroded and there is an urgent need to replace the water and transport infrastructure.

Foster + Partners’ masterplan will create a new civic quarter with new public and cultural buildings, restaurants and cafes.

It also includes a series of new public spaces, a ‘water plaza’ arranged around the historic lock, and an accessible quayside with pedestrian and cycle routes.

Spencer de Grey, head of design at Foster + Partners, said: ‘The City of Stockholm has truly embraced a wonderful opportunity to re-establish and reinforce the vital link between Stockholm’s central islands of Södermalm and the heritage site of Gamla stan, rehabilitating the historic fabric of the city while creating a lively new urban destination for all. This is a once in a life time undertaking in a uniquely significant and spectacular setting. We are honoured and very proud to be a part of this incredible and visionary project.’

The regeneration project is part of Stockholm’s Vision 2030 initiative, which comprises the regeneration of several areas of Stockholm, along with the inclusion of several social and economic advancements.

Slussen masterplan by Foster + Partners

Slussen masterplan by Foster + Partners

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