Veidekke: To build student apartments in Gjøvik

Sit has awarded Veidekke the commission to build 98 student apartments in Kallerud student village in Gjøvik. The building will have high environmental qualities with extensive use of wood and will also include common areas for the entire student village, an operations centre and a parking facility. The commission is a design and build contract valued at almost NOK 140 million, excluding VAT.

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“We’re proud to have won the competition for the commission and would like to thank Sit for their confidence in us. Customers who want innovation and sustainable buildings with significant CO2 reductions are those we prefer to build for. This autumn we have had a close and good interaction phase with Sit and the users of the building where we have developed the project in partnership, so now we’re looking forward to starting the actual construction work,” says District Manager Geirmund Østvold of Veidekke Bygg Indre Østland.

The building will be 4,200 m2 in size over three and six storeys respectively above a basement floor with common areas. The use of wood in the outer walls and solid wood in the load bearing structures ensure that the building will have CO2 emissions almost 40% below the TEK 17 building requirements. Social sustainability is also emphasised in the building, where the extensive common areas will facilitate both planned and ad-hoc social activities for the entire student village.

“This is the first project to start after the Government expanded the cost framework for the construction of student housing. The new cost framework finally makes it possible to restart student housing construction following a difficult period where several projects had to be put on hold due to the sharp increase in prices in the construction industry,” says project manager Arve Lyng with Sit.

Start of construction is planned for April and completion is scheduled for August 2024.

For further information, please contact:
District Manager Geirmund Østvold, tel. +47 95 13 66 36,
Communications Manager Helge Dieset, tel. +47 90 55 33 22,
Project manager Arve Lyng with Sit, tel. +47 92 40 31 91,

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Veidekke is one of Scandinavia's largest contractors. In addition to undertaking all types of building and civil engineering assignments, the group also maintains roads and produces asphalt and aggregates. Veidekke emphasises stakeholder involvement and local experience. Annual turnover is approx. NOK 39 billion, and almost half of its 8,000 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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