We’re very pleased to announce another big project for next year. We are once again going to northern Sweden and this time to Kiruna where they are building a fabulous new culture center. It was through our references and long-term collaboration with Peab that we were awarded this stage-tech contract and one of our larger Swedish projects to date.
A little history
Kiruna is the northernmost town in Swedish Lappland. Kiruna municipality has, as of 2019, a population of about 23,028. The small but proud town is, amongst other things, famous for its huge iron ore mine that is slowly undermining the current town center. This has prompted a huge endeavor to move part of the city center about 3 km to the east to ensure a sustainable future for its inhabitants. The new culture center (and the already-finished city hall beside it) is part of a city transformation set to cost 355 million SEK (33,1 million EUR), a cost that Kiruna municipality will cover with money already received from the mining company, LKAB. The moving process is calculated to continue until the year 2100!
About the project
Tirsén & Aili architects together with Peab are building the facility. The construction of the building, which will be 10,300 square meters in size, started during the summer of 2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2020.
The building will contain a city library, art hall, youth’s house, cinema, theater, congress hall, restaurant, cafe, shops and smaller conference rooms that can also be used as lodges. There are also plans for a new upper secondary and elementary school in close proximity to the culture center.
We are contracted to supply and install stage technology in three halls. Products we are supplying includes 36 of our FlexBeam modular stage hoist systems with point lifts (all in all 84 chain hoists from GIS), our FlexRail curtain track solution with complete velour coverings, an advanced control system from SRS Rigging, mobile stages and more.
Installation begins in February 2020.
Project manager: Kim Ekblad, +46 72-552 18 19
(picture credit: Kiruna municipality and Tirsén & Aili architects)