The building of Orkla’s new HQ with offices, housing and ancillary accommodation (‘Orkla City’) has now started with the foundation stone being laid by the City’s Enterprise officer Geir Lippestad at a special ceremony this week.
The buildings will comprise 24.000m2 and the office building will reach a height of 16 storeys. This building will provide office accommodation for 900 employees and the ground floor will offer other facilities such as cafes and shops. The adjacent 7 storey housing block will include 12 apartments. The total cost of the project is NOK 1 billion.
The building will be easily accessible by several modes of public transport. It will also provide ample parking for electric cars, and for more than 500 bicycles.
The choice of materials, both on the outside and in the interior, reflect the company’s concern for the environment. The building will satisfy the requirements for the BREEAM Excellent classification, as well as the energy mark A and the project is being supported by ENOVA, the Norwegian Government Energy Board.
Orkla is one of Norway’s largest companies, offering numerous food products, aluminum solutions as well as financial investments. The company was founded on mining activity at Løkken Verk near Trondheim in 1654.
Architect: NARUD STOKKE WIIG (NSW)