New Project: Kalmar Kulturhus

Another Friday, another project post. As has become a tradition, here’s some Friday night project news for next year. This time, the turn has come for the new culture house Kalmar Kulturhus to get that PSRIG flair.

It’s important to acknowledge that not all projects can be acquired in a quick and easy manner. There can be various reasons why a project might take more time than expected, such as negotiations and revisions needed to overcome certain obstacles. Additionally, sometimes ideas need time to develop and mature before solutions can emerge. In the case of this particular project, we began working on the plans and calculations more than a year ago and have gone through countless revisions since then. However, we are now pleased to announce that we have finally signed an agreement as a subcontractor to Viriba AB.

A little history

In 2020, the municipality transformed the old postal building into the new Kalmar City Library. By the end of 2022, the council decided that the library would be supplemented by a new modern cultural center and premises for the city’s cultural school. With the library already established, the addition of the new cultural center building will create an extended city center around Systraströmmen with a clear cultural character. A district from now on affectionally called Kulturkvarteret (the culture district).

When the project is complete, the center will be home to the cultural school, open preschool Måsen, the municipal archive, and many cultural and public administration employees. The renovated building will also provide areas and premises for creative activities and a new multifunctional concert hall.

A vision sketch for the new cultural district, Kulturkvarteret, in Kalmar.

Those responsible for this new cultural district hope it will become a natural meeting place for all of Kalmar’s inhabitants. A living room where they can meet, hang out, experience, and create together.

Kulturhuset is expected to cost around € 16.500.000 and be ready in November 2024, with everyone moved in by spring 2025.

PSRIG’s part

In general, we will primarily supply and install PSRIG-branded products. This includes our motorized FlexBeam lifting solution, our proprietary control system FlexControl, our track system FlexRail, complete textile coverings, and much more. The equipment will be installed across five different stages and halls.

In 2019, we installed a similar system at the neighboring Byteatern, a stone’s throw from the new cultural center. In other words, we have the great joy of returning to one of the real gems of the Swedish East Coast (Norrköping is another) – beautiful Kalmar city. Perhaps we’ll see you there next summer?

Installation is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2024.

Project manager: Kim Ekblad, +46 72-552 18 19

(picture credit: Kalmar municipality)

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