Chinese get to build new bridge

Norway’s state highway department, Statens vegvesen, has decided that a Chinese construction that submitted the lowest bid to build a bridge in Trøndelag will get the job. Local politicians initially had balked, preferring to award the contract to one of two European firms despite their higher prices. The Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) was […]

Chinese firm wins new stab at bridge

Politicians in Trøndelag have opted to show some “decency” when interpreting their bidding policy. They’re now allowing the Chinese company Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) to continue taking part in competition with two European companies to build a bridge, after the company publicly complained they were being excluded, and set off worries of new […]

Chinese firm fights bridge ‘boycott’

Just six months after top Norwegian politicians mended relations with China, some local ones in the county of Nord-Trøndelag have so angered a Chinese company that it’s threatening legal action. Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) is also accusing the local Norwegian officials of boycotting the company, as fears rise that the conflict can hurt […]

Tourists greeted by building projects

Thousands of tourists arriving in Oslo this summer have been greeted by major construction projects, not least around the busiest and most popular spots in town. Neither City Hall Plaza (Rådhusplassen) nor the area around Oslo’s central train station have been particularly welcoming. The biggest eyesores are found near City Hall, where city officials themselves have landed in trouble […]

Støre accused of double standard

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has run into trouble after newspaper Dagbladet revealed last week that his family firm, Femstø AS, invested in two housing projects in Oslo that employed workers with no labour union contracts, and on terms Støre himself has been fighting. Støre quickly withdrew from the projects, but accusations have continued that […]

Cornerstone finally being laid for new city library

After years of delays, leakage problems and budget overruns, Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen can finally lay down the cornerstone of the city’s new main library at Bjørvika on Friday. The library, called Deichmanske, is rising on the eastern waterfront just behind the Opera House. The entire area is one large construction zone at present, as […]

Building boom may lower housing prices

There were signs of it already, when Norway’s national real estate association revealed its latest batch of sales statistics on Monday: Even though housing prices rose again in Oslo and Akershus, they fell in many areas of the country last month. State statistics bureau SSB thinks the latter trend will start to set in, and that […]

Probe launched into Parliament’s building scandal

The disciplinary committee of the Norwegian Parliament has decided to investigate how and why an expansion project involving their own building has become victim to huge budget overruns and lengthy delays. Committee member Michael Tetzschner had already claimed there were too many questions that need to be answered. Newspaper VG reported this week that committee […]

New Munch Museum is ready to rise

PHOTO FEATURE: Crown Princess Mette-Marit was called upon Friday to lay the cornerstone for the new Munch Museum that finally is being built on Oslo’s eastern waterfront at Bjørvika. After years of debate and delays, top city and state officials said it was an “historic day” not only for Oslo, but for the country and […]

Mysterious pipe death ruled an ‘accident’

Police in Oslo were staying mum about how and and why the body of a man from Sweden was found in a pipe at a construction site last month, but they’re calling his death an “accident.” They won’t say why they’ve reached that conclusion, but have ruled out murder. Newspaper Aftenposten reported this week that police […]