Martinsons gets record order – to build Skellefteå Culture Centre

Martinsons has secured its single largest order ever. It concerns the delivery and assembly of the CLT- and glulam framework for the Skellefteå Culture Centre. The order is worth around 10 million Euros (SGD 15 million).

“Martinsons has contributed to this project with incredibly competent and knowledgeable key personnel. They are good at planning installations and possess valuable experience of major timber projects. This gives both security and confidence”, says Vegard Bra, Project Manager at turnkey contractor Hent.

For Martinsons’ part, the order follows on from projects such as IFU Arena in Uppsala and Trikåfabriken in Hammarby Sjöstad. IFU Arena was appointed Arena of the Year 2018 by financial newspaper Dagens Industri’s Sport & Business section and superstructure Trikåfabriken covering nearly 97,000 square feet of office space.

“We are gaining ground in segments such as gymnasiums, business premises and schools. Here, our experience of handling planning, production and construction solutions for major projects is extremely valuable”, says Jesper Åkerlund, CEO of Martinsons Byggsystem.

The Skellefteå Culture Centre building will be approximately 250 feet high comprising 20 floors. For Martinsons part, the volumes in the order include around 350,000 cubic feet of cross-laminated timber and 77,500 cubic feet of glulam.

Production starts at the Martinsons factory in Bygdsiljum outside Skellefteå in April. Construction starts in June and is expected to last for nearly eighteen months.

“Forest owners in the region contribute raw materials and we contribute with our expertise together with Hent and several other players. We are looking forward to strong teamwork”, says Jesper Åkerlund.

The construction components delivered by Martinsons will bind nearly 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide throughout their lifetime. This corresponds to return flights Stockholm to New York for over 13,000 people. Emissions throughout the production chain will correspond to 900 flights.

“It shows what a difference the construction industry can make today using different construction methods and materials”, says Jesper.