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A key hub in the heart of the region, Gullbergsvass unites five districts around the water. There are plans to house 20,000 – with a further 20,000 working – in Nya Gullbergsvass, which spans land equivalent to 200 football pitches. However, it will take up to 30 years for the development of the area to be completed.

Gullbergsvass stands out from all the other districts. Boasting a rich heritage as a vital cog in the development of the city, the area is defined by industry and infrastructure as well as defence and maritime activities. 150 years ago, there was nothing but moorland here. With a new transformation under way, Gullbergsvass boasts considerable potential to become a more vibrant part of the city, uniting an area which is currently separated by a series of barriers.

Gullbergsvass will be reinforced through a combination of features while maintaining its local characteristics. A consultancy team has been working on a feasibility study in order to identify conditions and suggest potential avenues for the development of the area in line with the RiverCity Gothenburg vision and the three strategic pillars, Connect the city, Embrace the water and Reinforce the centre. Take a look at the feasibility study here.

The consultancy team includes Ramböll, EGA Erik Giudice Architects and Liljewalls arktiekter. The team’s efforts culminated in three alternative urban development concepts:

Block model: a traditional grid layout with dense, tall developments approaching a central park, a canal between Gullberget and the river and a port basin at the river.

European model – a street system adapted to the landscape, a park and lower developments towards the railway in the south, tall, dense developments towards the river, a canal between Gullberget and the river and a port basin at the river.

Cluster model – an intricate street system with a variety of developments and a park along the river. This model involves several small, dense districts integrated into one.

All three alternatives involve covering the E45 between Lilla Bommen and Gasklockan in order to minimise disruption caused by traffic. During spring 2015, the proposals were presented to stakeholders and interested members of the public at a series of meetings. There are proposals to develop a quayside path to be completed by the city’s 400th anniversary in 2021.

Dialogue around Gullbergsvass is set to continue through an active, open approach and regular contact with residents and other participants. An urban development programme will get under way in 2017.

Edge-of-Center Transformation is a project involving seven cities which is run within the scope of the wider Eurocities network.
Engaged through the Gullbergsvass riverside district, The City of Gothenburg hosted a working visit in December 2015, with an open lunch held in Älvrummet.
Find out more here.

André Berggren Project Manager, Älvstranden Utveckling +46-730-21 68 53 andre.berggren@alvstranden.goteborg.se
Simon Wallqvist Project Manager Gullbergsvass, City Planning Authority +46-31-368 15 90 simon.wallqvist@sbk.goteborg.se