Sweden to get largest wood-frame office building

Swedish construction firm NCC has won a contract worth around $42m (SEK 415m) to build the country’s biggest timber commercial office building in Uppsala, next to the city’s Central Station.

The seven-storey building called Magasin X, designed by White Arkitekter, will have about 11,500 sq m of leasable space, and a frame made entirely of wood.

The client is property firm Vasakronan.

"NCC has broad experience of constructing various types of properties with a strong focus on sustainability, so we are confident that we can help generate value for Vasakronan. As the project is being carried out in a partnership, we can achieve a great result through open dialogue, with the aim of creating a modern office building with the smallest possible climate footprint," said Henrik Landelius, Business Area Manager of NCC Building Sweden.

The building aims to be Platinum-level LEED certified, the highest level of the environmental classification system.

Integrated solar panels, wireless automation and control, and battery energy storage will complement the building’s environmental credentials.

NCC said parties have been planning, budgeting and designing system documents since May to reach an agreement on the target cost of the project.

Construction is scheduled to start in September, with Magasin X scheduled for occupation in autumn 2021.

Image: White Arkitekter’s visualisation of the building, Magasin X

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