Clearance for the new station town in Karlshamn
A completely new city district will take shape at the station in Karlshamn. The new station town will contain around 500 homes and FOJAB has drawn up an urban development program for the entire area. The municipal board has now given the go-ahead for detailed planning of phase 1.
With Pengaberget at its back and in a sunny southwest position right next to the railway station, the new district will emerge. In the design work, we have taken inspiration from the older buildings in the city center.
Karlshamn is largely a well-preserved grid city with beautiful environments. The physical cityscape is made up of straight, parallel streets that form blocks with clear interiors and exteriors and lovely green courtyards. In the work on the new station town, we have started from the definite hierarchy of the street space and have been careful to connect to the existing buildings in a respectful way.
500 homes and services
When the freight handling at the railway station moves, there is room for a completely new district. South of the current railway tracks, new blocks of housing, workplaces and services will emerge, from Stationsvägen in the south to Regeringsgatan in the north.
The site is centrally located but currently feels rather remote. The new district will connect the city more clearly. Around 500 homes are planned, ranging from terraced houses to various types of apartment buildings. It will be a district that can attract people with different needs and wishes regarding their housing.
The area will also have public activities that will contribute to revitalizing the district at all times of the day. The hope is that this will lead to the area becoming a safer place, as more people move around the area during the day and in the evening.
Sustainable, enjoyable and rooted in the city
In close cooperation with Karlshamn municipality, the Swedish Transport Administration and Blekingetrafiken, a new traffic solution has been developed and a major focus has been on creating a good exchange point for public transport and sustainable modes of transport. It should be easy for all travelers to switch between train and bus, and a commuter parking with easy access to the station is planned.
Karlshamn has a high ambition for the district. The new station town will not only be a sustainable and pleasant district, but also a place that is clearly rooted in Karlshamn's unique character and identity. Here, different interests are balanced and that is exactly what good urban planning should be about. The goal is clear: New Station City will be a district where both existing and new Karlshamn residents can thrive.
Detailed planning work will start in spring 2021 and is expected to take two years. The new station city will be developed gradually over a period of 5-15 years from the start of construction.