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Environmental Project, Case 2: Pilestredet Park – Transformation of the Former Hospital Site into an Eco-friendly Residential Area in the Inner City

Environmental Project, Case 2: Pilestredet Park – Transformation of the Former Hospital Site into an Eco-friendly Residential Area in the Inner City
Pilestredet Park is the name of the area in Oslo where the Rikshospitalet University Hospital was situated from 1883 until it moved to new premises in May 2000. In October 2000 Statsbygg assumed responsibility for the site, which consists of 70.000 m².

Statsbygg and Oslo City Council laid the parameters for the development of Pilestredet Park based on principles for urban ecology. The project aim was to bring together the best solutions in the field of ecology so that Pilestredet Park can emerge as a leading example of sustainable urban design.

Statsbygg developed a General Environmental Programme (GEP) for Pilestredet Park in 1999. All parties whether they be private or public sector, are required to follow the principles of the programme. The aim of the GEP it to ensure that longterm ecological goals are the basis for all planning, development and operations in Pilestredet Park.

In Pilestredet Park a new residential area is taking shape: a car-free green oasis that is open for all, with approx. 1.380 apartments, offices, business activity and educational institutions – all only a short walk away from the lively city centre.

Speaker: Erik Engeseth, Statsbygg, Director of the Pilestredet Park Project
Erik Engeseth is a civil engineer educated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ). He worked as a consultant in Norway, Switzerland and Denmark for 10 years and has worked for a contracting firm for 15 years. Engeseth has also worked with projects for the Ministry of Health. He has been employed in Statsbygg since 1990 working on various projects.