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About the project

The new urban hub to the east of Oslo

Skøyen, Majorstuen, and Nydalen are clear centres in their respective parts of Norway’s capital. Økern will play the same role in the east of Oslo, at the start of the Groruddalen valley. As a public transport hub, Økern is already one of Oslo’s busiest, and that’s before the expansion of Økern Sentrum has even begun. Økern Sentrum will be the very heart and centre of Oslo’s largest and most important urban development project – Hovinbyen. Our objective is to build a district and centre created for and with the people who will use it, live in it, and work in it. Økern Sentrum will be a climate-friendly and future-oriented urban development that preserves and enhances the rich history of Økern.

Owner
Økern Sentrum ANS. (50% owned by Steen & Strøm and 50% owned by Storebrand)
Area
Approx 70,000 m2
Location
Økern public transport hub (metro and bus)
Existing plan
Shopping centre and other industries
Buildings in existing plan
163,000 m2
New plan
Multifunctional urban centre with a high proportion of housing and a varied range of retail, industry, culture, activities, and experiences
Plan area
Approx. 90,000 m2
Planned buildings
Approx. 240,000 m2
Planned squares, meeting places, and water and streams
Approx. 30,000 m2
Planned blue/green structures
Approx. 9,000 m2
Number of homes
Approx. 1,500
Proportion of industry, culture, retail, offices, and public and private services
Approx. 100,000 m2
Environmental and climate profile
BREEAM Communities, Excellent
Start of first construction phase
2023* *dependent on the processing time.
Completion of all construction phases
Approx. 10 years

Multifunctional and diverse urban centre with a variety of places to meet

Thanks to a participatory process, we have received thousands of ideas from residents, authorities, organisations, and businesses that demonstrate the demand for diversity and a variety of places to meet in Økern. Together, we’ll create an urban centre with excellent residential areas close to streams and nature, and a contemporary shopping centre that takes future mobility needs into account. In addition, Økern Sentrum will boast several attractive workplaces within a broad spectrum of industries, becoming a hub for a diverse cultural scene and a raft of activities.


The heart of Hovinbyen

Økern Sentrum will shape and change Oslo in line with the growth strategy for Oslo Municipality: “Oslo towards 2030: Smart, safe, green”, and “Oslo towards 2040: Our city, our future”. Thanks to its location, Økern is of strategic importance for the entire north-eastern side of Oslo. We will give the area a meeting place and a range of cultural services, with retail and nature in an urban setting. We will create a hub that can drive the development of Hovinbyen as a whole.

More than 12,000 homes are already planned within walking distance of Økern Sentrum. With the Ulven, Økern S, HasleLinje, Gregers Kvartal, Økern torg, Kabelgata and Økern Sentrum developments, more than 7,000 homes are planned for around 15,000 people. Økern will be at the heart of all of these, in addition to already being a catchment area for 783,000 people thanks to its location.

The Økern Sentrum project addresses the overarching plans and policy objectives for the development of Oslo, Hovinbyen, and the Økern area, and has high priority with Oslo Municipality’s administration.

You can find out more about our work on participation and involvement here.

Oslo’s plans for Hovinbyen (strategic plan, adopted in 2018)

Find out more about the Green Ring (principle plan, 2019, for political approval)

The planning proposal is now issued for public consultation. Find out more and give your opinion HERE

Link to all case documents HERE


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About Økern

Økern has a rich and varied natural and cultural history. Read more about Økern's history here!

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