Sturegallerian, with adjacent buildings, in the middle of Stockholm’s best known entertainment och premium shopping district, can be demolished.
The property owner plans a giant building project – for seven years.
Now traders and politicians join together for massive protests.
The entertainment area around Stureplan is Stockholm’s most famous, classic – and exclusive. Apart from restaurants and night clubs, the premium shopping at Bibliotekstan and Birger Jarlsgatan starts at the famous meeting point – and the mall Sturegallerian is located between the restaurant cluster.
The current Sturegallerian was built between 1986 and 1989 after a devastating fire at Sturebadet. In December 2006 Sturegallerian AB was bought by the Abu Dhabi Government Investment Authority and is managed by Aberdeen Asset Management on behalf of local company Sturegallerian AB.
Sturegallerian AB owns the properties Sperlingens Backe 27 and 56 leasehold Sperlingens Backe 55 with a total lettable area of approximately 60,000 square meters excluding garage.
Now the owners want to replace Sturegallerian with a completely new building.
According to two Stockholm politicians, including the liberal group leader in the Stockholm Building committee, Björn Ljung, are now applications for a total reconstruction of all houses in the neighborhood on the table. The reason is “lack of urbanity”.
In an article in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, he is arguing with his party leader to stop the demolition project.
“It sounds crazy,” they write.
“If one of Stockholm’s most fashionable spot suffer from ”lack of urbanity” it is badly thought out to force the stores to hit back almost a decade to come.”
They mean that customers who will have to walk on planks and boards might not find their way back and the market place may lose its soul.
According to the authors, retailers and restaurant operators are shocked.
At the same time the authors note that there is a need for change, mainly by tearing down a parking garage and build hotel and apartments.