Veidekke ASA: Renovation and extension of Oslo school

Veidekke ASA: Renovation and extension of Oslo school

21.09.2021 - 08:59

Working on behalf of the newly-formed real estate company Oslobygg KF, Veidekke is to fully renovate three heritage protected buildings at Hartvig Nissen upper secondary school, in addition to constructing two new buildings that will achieve the Passivhaus Standard for use by drama and PE. The contract is structured as a collaborative construction project with a target price of NOK 550 million excluding VAT.

Hartvig Nissen upper secondary school has been located in the Frogner district of Oslo since the late nineteenth century. The school made famous by the TV series ‘Skam’ will now see its three heritage protected buildings undergo full decontamination and renovation, with work covering a total area of 9,100 m 2 . Veidekke will also construct two new buildings with a total area of 3,600m 2 which will achieve the Passivhaus Standard: the first will be a drama building featuring studios and a canteen, while the second will be a PE building located beneath the school yard featuring gymnasium areas, changing rooms, technical rooms, etc. The school yard will be upgraded to form a new urban space linking the school buildings together, while President Harbitz gate will be closed as a through road, instead becoming an integrated part of the school yard.

‘We are so grateful for the vote of confidence. It is a real honour to be the first company to win a construction commission from the new kid on the block, Oslobygg KF. Building good schools is one of the most important things we can do as construction professionals, so we are really looking forward to giving three venerable old buildings some TLC, constructing to new sustainable buildings and creating a new outdoor area that will benefit pupils, teachers and other school users,’ says Rune Andersstuen, Head of the Rehab Department at Veidekke Bygg Oslo.

The project will be subject to strict environmental requirements as it is due to be delivered as a fossil-fuel free construction site (as is the case with all Veidekke construction projects in the city of Oslo). The new builds will achieve the Passivhaus Standard, while in the case of the outdoor facilities the use of wood and dealing with drainage are both key factors.

Design work starts immediately, while construction work will start in Q4 with completion scheduled for spring 2025. Further information about the school is available here (in Norwegian):

For more information please contact:
Rune Andersstuen, Head of Rehab at Veidekke Bygg Oslo, tel. +47 91 83 33 80,
Helge Dieset, Communications Manager of Veidekke, tel. +47 90 55 33 22,
Trond Ottersen, Communications at Oslobygg, tel. +47 95 84 07 58,

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Veidekke is one of Scandinavia's largest contractors. The company undertakes all types of construction and civil engineering contracts, maintains roads, and produces asphalt and aggregates. Veidekke emphasises stakeholder involvement and local experience. Its annual turnover is approx. NOK 38 billion, and around half of its 8,100 employees own shares in the company. Veidekke is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and has posted a profit every year since its inception in 1936.