Like burying a supertanker
The development of the Central Station is a vast project.
"Not unlike burying a supertanker in the middle of the city," says Christer Niland.
"There are of course certain extraordinary technical challenges to be addressed in a project of this magnitude if all the city services and functions are to be maintained during construction."
The new addition to the station consists of a 600-metre structure, to be built north of the present Central Station.
The project will commence in May 2012 with a comprehensive planning phase that will last throughout the summer. This will be followed by a concept phase, a precondition for the major consultations that need to be held with the large number of stakeholders. The actual planning will take place and be completed during the final stages of the assignment in 2014.
The West Link COWI/Tyréns consortium will handle the basic design of the new station, which will be an underground facility linked to the Central Station. The contract covers the construction design as well as certain legal aspects to allow the project owner – the Swedish Transport Administration – access to the land for planning purposes.