Norway’s tallest building may rise at Fornebu

Industrial firm Aker and its owner, Norwegian tycoon Kjell Inge Røkke, have proposed construction of Norway’s tallest building at Fornebu, the area west of Oslo that formerly housed the capital’s airport. Fornebu has since has been converted into a commercial, residential and recreational center, and Aker wants to crown it with a 40-story multi-use tower.

Local newssite budstikka.no reported this week that the project would be carried out through Fornebuporten AS, one of the companies within the Aker system. “If a high-rise is to be built anywhere in Bærum (the local municipality where Fornebu is located), it must be here at Fornebu,” Torstein Storækre of Fornebuporten told Budstikka.

Aker has committed to invest around NOK 4 billion (USD 540 million) at Fornebu but would greatly exceed that if the tower project is approved. Aker hasn’t yet clarified usage, but the tower could contain offices, a hotel, conference center and residences.

Røkke’s Aker Solutions is already based at Fornebu and Aker itself is due to move from its current offices at Aker Brygge in Oslo to Fornebu next summer.

newsinenglish.no staff