Sustainable Arenastaden

In Arenastaden, sustainability objectives are meticulous. The aim is to create long-term sustainability and a vibrant city district where people are contented. A city district that will not borrow resources from future generations. Since the area has been developed by a few players, using relatively undeveloped land, there has always been unique potential to create a sustainable location. An opportunity that was managed well by the city developers.

Dense buildings and green parks

In Arenastaden, the buildings are built close together and high, thus enabling the land to be utilised efficiently and as much of the land as possible to be preserved and turned into green parks. The green areas create attractive exercise and recreational areas around Råstasjön Lake and Lötsjön Lake, while simultaneously binding carbon-dioxide.

All office buildings constructed in the area and the Mall of Scandinavia are environmentally certified, requiring far-reaching commitments ranging from soil scarification to resource-efficient building. Certification of the buildings lays the foundation for positive cooperation between tenants and property owner, whereby they jointly agree on the resource-efficient utilisation of the premises.  In Arenastaden, all electricity purchased for the office buildings will be from wind power stations and all district heating and district cooling are labelled “Good Environmental Choice.” The tenants make climate-smart choices when selecting materials, minimise energy consumption and participate in the area’s joint sorting of waste at source.

Safe street environments with an attractive range of services

A sustainable location is a location in which people feel safe and that fulfils a need in their lives. In order for people to feel safe, a vibrant street environment is required where there is life and activities around the clock. A place that is well-lit even during the darkest months of the year and that is accessible to everyone. Arenastaden offers an attractive mix of housing, small and large companies, Scandinavia’s most modern shopping centre, a hotel and the Friends Arena.

In Arenastaden, the city developers have studied the flow of existing and future visitors and conducted wind surveys. Everything has been done to place trade, restaurants and the range of services in the best possible location.

Public transport and cycling

The city distict has the best transport-link location in northern Stockholm. Passengers using the commuter train service will arrive at Stockholm Central Station in seven minutes. In the other direction, the train goes to both Arlanda and Uppsala. In addition, the light railway and some ten bus lines stop at Arenastaden. When the City Line is completed, trains to the city will have their own tracks, which means more frequent and rapid traffic; four minutes to Odenplan and six minutes to the City. The area will also have its own underground station by 2022.

Companies at Arenastaden are planning for more and more bicycle commuters. The number of cyclists in Stockholm has doubled in ten years and the average distance for a bicycle commuter is currently nine kilometres one way. When Vattenfall relocated to the area, the company planned for 200 cyclists. This was rapidly increased and Vattenfall currently has approximately 400 cyclists during the summer.