Contract awarded for building of Copenhagen street tunnel

Vejdirektoratet, the Danish Street Directorate, has chosen two firms to construct a brand new street tunnel in Copenhagen.

Belgium firm Besix is the lead contractor in a consortium fashioned with its Danish companion MT Højgaard Denmark. Collectively they’ll ship the £296M (€346M) design & construct contract.

The “technically complicated” contract contains the design and building of the 1.4 km cut-and-cover Nordhavn Tunnel, which can join Nordhavn harbour space with the remainder of Copenhagen.

The tunnel runs from Svanevænget throughout the Svanemøllehavn harbour and out to Nordhavn. A part of it should run beneath water for 700m. The scope of works additionally covers native roads and junctions to be inbuilt reference to the tunnel, in addition to mechanical and electrical installations and a number of other visitors management and monitoring methods.

Besix Worldwide basic supervisor Mathieu Dechamps welcomed the announcement and stated it was a landmark second for the corporate: “Besix has a powerful experience in main street infrastructure works, as mirrored by our ongoing works in Latvia (Rail Baltica), Italy (Valfabbrica), The Netherlands (A16) or Belgium (Oosterweel),” he stated.

“Successful this infrastructure venture in a rustic the place we delivered the luxurious Crown Princess Mary’s Bridget in 2019, additionally for the Danish Street Directorate, is the validation of our place as a century-old infrastructure skilled within the area. We’re subsequently happy and honoured to be trusted by Vejdirektoratet for enhancing its infrastructure.”

The tunnel will create extra direct entry to the city growth areas in outer and inside Nordhavn. It would join Østerbro with outer Nordhavn, enhance entry to port actions within the space and transfer heavy visitors away from the remainder of the street community in Østerbro.

Works can be carried out over 60 months and are anticipated to begin instantly when the contract is signed in mid-September.

The tunnel needs to be prepared for visitors in summer season 2027.

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