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RC - Oslo, The Fjord City
Oslo is embarking its most adventurous harbour renewal project ever, as a string of waterfront properties in the heart of the city are put up for sale and rezoned for urban development. The aim is to reconnect the city with the sea, providing residents and visitors alike with a unique and sustainable quality of life.
Fulfilling the vision of Oslo as the Fjord City will help meet the city's need for more housing, business, recreation and cultural space, as well as improving concentrating Oslo’s commercial ports.
The total Fjord City area comprises 225 hectares, from Frognerstranda in the west to Ormsund in the southeast. Sale of these prime waterfront properties commenced in 2003 and will run through the end of the decade. The land is owned by the city of Oslo, the Oslo Port Authority, Statsbygg, The Norwegian National Rail Administration and The Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
The fjord city includes the 65-hectar Bjørvika areas where Statsbygg has under construction the new national opera house and planning for the University Museum of Cultural Heritage. Statsbygg are also developing the Vestbanen area located on the City Hall Square in the middle of the Fjord City.
The largest landowner of the development area is the City of Oslo, with port areas administered by Oslo Port Authority. Other landowners are e.g Statsbygg and several other public and non-public landowners.The property owners have in cooperation created a corporation.