About 72 kilometers from Stockholm, Uppsala is situated, Sweden's fourth-largest city. As a university town, the seat of the Archbishop of Sweden and with centuries of history, the city has a lot to offer. A little further out, to the northeast of the city center, is the new development of Lindbacken, a fast-growing residential area that has so far lacked everyday amenities. This is about to change: this fall, the new Handelsbyn shopping center will open with several basic services and amenities under one roof, where Lindbacken residents can shop just around the corner. The new shopping center is owned and developed by Crown Properties, in collaboration with developer Stjernplan Entreprenad AB.
Environmentally friendly materials were important to the client, as well as cost-effective construction. Ytong autoclaved aerated concrete was chosen for the exterior walls, interior walls and false ceilings, and Silka calcium-silicate blocks for the soundproof walls. After many years of cooperation, the contractor is convinced of Xella's service and reliability.
Functional, cost-saving and environmentally friendly inside and out
Morgan Österlind, CEO of Stjernplan Entreprenad AB, did not choose the materials for nothing: "We wanted to build with materials that work and are relatively cost and maintenance-free. We have a long experience of building with Xella's products, which is why we have chosen to build almost the entire house with lightweight concrete and calcium-silicate blocks".
Österlind continues: "Of course I don't want to build in the wrong features, but at the same time I am concerned about the environment. That is why Xella is a good option." The result: a functional building and a reduction in operating, energy, and maintenance costs. "In addition, lightweight concrete is sustainable and promotes a good indoor climate."
Lindbacken residents have a say in who moves in
After a careful study of the area and an extensive dialog with the residents, the contractors gained insight into the wishes for the trading village. Handelsbyn is a building of about 2600 square meters, of which about 2000 square meters is rentable space. In response to the residents' wishes, the building will include a restaurant, gym, pharmacy, health center, a leisure center rented by the municipality, and a pop-up store where the retailer plans to host various events. "Handelsbyn will be an important local service for the residents of the area and contribute to making Lindbacken a complete and vibrant neighborhood in Uppsala," concludes Morgan Österlind.