NRK plans to move across town

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Norway’s state broadcaster NRK will be moving from its iconic but crowded and outdated home of more than 70 years in Oslo’s Marienlyst neighbourhood. The country’s version of the BBC will relocate to a nearly four-acre site in the Ensjø district near Tøyen, where a new modern complex will house around two-thirds of the state-funded NRK’s 3,250 employees.

“NRK is one of our most important institutions,” said Minister of Culture Abid Raja. “In order to succeed, NRK must be able to develop and innovate. A modern headquarters at Ensjø, in eastern Oslo, will contribute to that.”

Ensjø is located near downtown, at a crossroads between Kampen and Tøyen and in an area undergoing massive redevelopment. The buildings currently on the site will likely be torn down to make way for NRK’s new headquarters on a low hilltop just across from the large Tøyen Park and near the Botanical Gardens.

The site cost NOK 800 million, bought from the same Norwegian investors who last year agreed to purchase NRK’s current location at Marienlyst for NOK 3.8 billion. It’s situated between the popular and busy Majorstuen area and the University of Oslo’s main campus at Blindern, and likely to be redeveloped into housing and commercial real estate ventures.

NRK’s actual move is still several years away, given all the rezoning, permitting and construction work needed. Reaction to the major relocation was generally positive, with local residents in new housing complexes at Ensjø welcoming NRK as a new and prestigious neighbour.

newsinenglish.no staff