Veidekke: Building circular and sustainably in Asker

Veidekke is to build a work centre and sheltered housing at Nedre Sem Farm for Asker municipality. The project has very ambitious sustainability goals, and is the first circular building project undertaken by Asker municipality. The commission is a design and build contract with a value of NOK 104 million, excluding VAT.

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“We appreciate the commission and are proud that we can be a part of developing and realising this very special project for Asker municipality at Nedre Sem Farm. The municipality’s sustainability goals are a good fit with Veidekke’s own strategy, and we’re looking forward to reconstructing a unique and sustainable building for the future,” says district manager Gro Brathovde with Veidekke Bygg Buskerud.

Nedre Sem Farm is located at Semsvannet in Asker and currently houses a municipal work centre. The barn building has deteriorated for many years, and will be completely dismantled before a new building is erected reusing the old materials. The new building will comprise a work centre with a carpentry workshop across two floors, an institutional kitchen, its own farm store and sheltered housing. The new buildings will be around 2,000 m2 in size, with the same design as the original multi-purpose barn from around 1890.

Nedre Sem Barn will be built in accordance with Futurebuilt’s criteria set Zero, Zero T and NZEB (nearly zero energy building). Furthermore, the project is a pilot for Futurebuilt’s criteria set for the use of plastic and circular buildings that concerns the reduction of plastic products and reuse of building materials. The new build will achieve a reduction of at least 50% of CO2 in accordance with FutureZero. Nedre Sem Barn is also included as a pilot in the EU’s Circular Cities and Regions Initiative. The construction site will be emission-free through the use of electric construction machines.

The existing building will be dismantled and removed in this winter, with subsequent start of construction. The new build is scheduled for completion in first quarter of 2024. The commission is included in Veidekke’s order book for the fourth quarter of 2022.

Read more about the project on Asker municipality’s website

For further information, please contact:
District manager Gro Brathovde, tel. +47 911 95 354,
Communications Manager Helge Dieset, Tel. +47 905 53 322,
Project manager Alf Kaare Stokker in Asker municipality, +47 911 81 734,

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Veidekke is one of Scandinavia's largest construction companies. The company undertakes all types of construction and civil engineering contracts, maintains roads, and produces asphalt and aggregates. Veidekke emphasises stakeholder involvement and local experience. Its annual turnover is approximately NOK 38 billion, and half of its 7,800 employees own shares in the company. Veidekke is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and has posted a profit every year since its inception in 1936.

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