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Case Study 025 - Taking an integrated approach

025 - Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, Sweden

This new city neighbourhood has delivered an attractive place to live and work which is also a world class example of how new developments can minimise their environmental impact and enhance its setting through careful planning, joined up thinking and strong leadership. At Hammarby Sjöstad, the environmental programme was an integral element of the masterplan. This clearly set out key objectives and requirements which had to be addressed at both the planning and implementation stages of development. By having clearly stated objectives from the outset, these requirements informed the detailed design discussions between the plot developers, architects and city planning team.

Clear environmental objectives also enabled development of the Hammarby Model, which shows how the relationship between sewage processing, energy provision and waste handling in this local eco system can be structured to deliver wider social and environmental benefits. Key features of the local ecosystem are:

  • Refuse is piped to the renewable fuel-fired district heating plant in the area. Combustible waste is recycled as heat and food waste is composted into soil.
  • Wastewater is treated nearby at the on-site sewage plant with heat recovered for household heating and silt converted into biogas.
  • Pilot of an experimental on-site sewage works which will employ new technologies to extract nutrients from sewage and waste water for use on farmland. Surface water is treated locally to avoid overloading the sewage works.

Hammarby recognises that environmental performance is not just about design, the development also needs to influence how people use places. An environmental centre – has been established at the centre of Hammarby to promote understanding of how residents can help in achieving the city’s environmental aspirations.

Other Information

  • Location: Stockholm
  • Project Team: Exloateringskontoret Stockholm Stad and app. 20 different proprieters. Mastterplanner/: Stadsbyggnadskontoret with architects from the 20 different proprieters
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UDC2 Section - Integrated Designg the Seed  

The Hammarby Model illustrates how sustainability initiatives have been integrated holistically.

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