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An aerial view over Tomtebo Beach with illustrated buildings and blocks.

The history of Tomtebo strand

Tomtebo Strand is a district in Umeå that was developed as a member initiative within the Network for Sustainable Construction and Management in Umeå. Several national players were invited to contribute their expertise and knowledge in sustainability projects. Together with the coordinator of the Network for Sustainable Construction, they worked on a concept with the goal of making Umeå a world leader in sustainable urban development.

They agreed to develop Tomtebo Strand and create a sustainability program in collaboration with construction actors and municipal companies, following Sweden Green Buildings' Citylab methodology. With combined knowledge of urban planning, housing construction, and sustainable solutions, there is the potential to create a district at the forefront of international urban development.

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Tomtebo strand will be a social, economic and ecological example where residents feel participation, pride and want to stay their whole lives.

The district develops in unique collaboration and will become an international model for sustainable urban development and conscious lifestyle

wo construction workers are standing and looking out from a house construction site

A member initiative

The development of Tomtebo Strand is a member initiative from the Network for Sustainable Construction and Real Estate Management, which started in June 2016. As one national company expressed it in a recurring members’ meeting to the coordinator;

“It would be nice if our CEO could come to Umeå to inaugurate a sustainable building project instead of always going to other parts of Sweden”.

From this was born the idea to invite a number of members who are also national players to an initial meeting. This was based on national players possessing experience and knowledge of other sustainability projects in Sweden that can be used in Umeå. The following members were invited: HSB, NCC, Peab, Riksbyggen and Skanska.

Aerial view over Tomtebo strand.

Nydala Sjöstad" transforms into "Tomtebo strand"

During the autumn of 2016, this constellation worked together with the network coordinator to establish a concept where the premise was the vision and;

“In what way can we, as members of the network, contribute in making Umeå world leaders?”

To best contribute to the network’s vision, the Tomtebo Strand district was proposed. The five national players agreed that the objective of the Tomtebo Strand development was to establish a sustainability program that engages and leads to a sustainable urban development. 

The process management group for Tomtebo Beach is by the sculpture Frösit in the forest at the Dialogue Spot

A collaborative project

This is to be achieved through Sweden Green Buildings’ methodology Citylab as well as with our collective knowledge (local and national) of urban planning, residential construction and sustainable solutions. The idea is for this methodology to be used in Umeå’s future efforts to develop the town. Within the framework in which Network for Sustainable Construction and Real Estate Management lies, the focus is on learning. Members will be able to follow the process of establishing a sustainability programme as well as its implementation.

The collaboration group from the project's inception, pictured from left: Johan Sjöström, Umeå kommun, Magnus Stenvall, Umeå Energi, Magdalena Blomqvist, Umeå kommun, Daniel Ödling NCC, Maria Wetterlöv, f.d. Umeå kommun och Anna Flatholm, Umeå kommun.