Kiruna's new landmark is emerging
In central Kiruna, Skanska is developing and building a new hotel. The hotel will be completed in 2021 and has been sold to LKAB. The tenant will be Scandic Hotels.
In 2013, the municipality of Kiruna opened a land design competition for several of the buildings that would become part of Kiruna's new center. Skanska won the tender for a new hotel. Early in the process, a collaboration with Scandic was initiated.
A parking garage was added
In 2018, the project grew to include a parking garage with space for 172 cars. The parking garage will be owned by the municipality. In 2018, Skanska bought the land and we accessed the area.
The construction started in April 2019. We started immediately with ground and foundation work for both the hotel and the parking garage. Since the hotel and the parking garage are attached, the works were carried out jointly for both properties. In 2019, we started to cast concrete slabs and mount prefabricated parts.
Last framework lift
In October 2020, the last lift of the framework was made and the walls came into place. The next step is the roof, and in the beginning of 2021 we will have a tight house. Installation work will be carried out during 2021.
Attractive and central location
The hotel has a very attractive and central location, right next to the town hall by the main square in the new Kiruna center. The property will be thirteen floors high and 14,000 square meters. The hotel will have 231 rooms, a restaurant, conference rooms, a gym, a relaxation area and a sky bar.
The hotel offers a high level of accessibility for all guests. At least ten percent of the hotel rooms will be accessible to guests with a handicap, which is higher than the building norm.
More efficient work with prefabricated products
Large parts of the property are prefabricated, which allow us to work efficiently. In total, 3,000 prefabricated concrete parts are used; some weigh close to 20 tonnes.
We use bathroom modules, which means we do not have to install the bathrooms on site. The bright concrete facade is also prefabricated.
The hotel's south-western part is a tower with thirteen floors. The building is 45 meters high. The upper part of the tower has panoramic windows facing west.
A new landmark
The hotel will be a new landmark and a meeting place in the new Kiruna. The entrance floor will be open and inviting. Along the facade is a screened roof that creates protected zones for the pedestrians in the city.
The idea is that the hotel's appearance should remind of the mountain Kebnekaise. The interior will reflect the exterior, and together they will offer hotel guests a breathtaking experience.
The goal - certified according to LEED silver
We focus on sustainability through the whole project. The goal is for the hotel to be certified according to LEED silver. This means, among other things, that we create a property with low consumption of fresh water, and with a well-insulated and well-thought-out design that optimizes and ensures that the hotel has a low energy consumption.
Staff from other parts of the country
The work takes place far up in the north of Sweden, in a city where Skanska has not previously been present. This means that we had to staff the project from Stockholm, Umeå and Luleå. We have hired a number of Kiruna residents and are trying to find employees locally. The goal is to build more projects in Kiruna.
The hotel and the parking garage are expected to be completed by the end of the year 2021.