Fast and easy delivery to the tallest building in Scandinavia

The new district in Gothenburg that is being developed and built by Serneke will consist of a total of eight blocks. But what makes this new neighborhood unique is the (not so small) detail called Karlatornet. Karlatornet will be 245 meters high, which will make it the tallest building in the Nordic region. The skyscraper will mostly consist of apartments but the block will also have schools, shops, restau¬rants, green areas and a hotel.



It's no secret that it can be challenging to build things in the Gothenburg region due to its infamous soft clay.

The new district in Gothenburg that is being developed and built by Serneke will consist of a total of eight blocks. But what makes this new neighborhood unique is the (not so small) detail called Karlatornet. Karlatornet will be 245 meters high, which will make it the tallest building in the Nordic region. The skyscraper will mostly consist of apartments but the block will also have schools, shops, restaurants, green areas and a hotel. 

Geotechnical Building
The tallest building in Scandinavia.

The architects behind the skyscraper is Skidmore, Ownings & Merill. A US based firm that has designed some of the largest buildings in the world such as Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Unique foundation 

It's no secret that it can be challenging to build things in the Gothenburg region due to its infamous soft clay. The tower was therefore anchored with 58 piles that goes 45-75 meters deep into the ground. In fact, no similar foundation has ever been done before in Sweden and there is great interest from both local citizens and the industry.

weak clay soil
It's no secret that it can be challenging to build things in the Gothenburg region due to its infamous soft clay.

The inauguration of the skyscraper is planned to happen in 2022. 

Challenging construction site

It's in the core of skyscraper that Leca LWA comes into the picture. In the phase of constructing the foundation, some parts of the section around the elevators in the center of the tower needed to be refilled. 

One of the reasons for choosing Leca LWA was accessibility. Many construction sites are difficult to access and Karlatornet was definitely no exception. Especially since they needed the material installed at the very center of the gigantic construction pit.

Delivery direct to final destination 

Since Leca LWA can be blown out with a long hose, you can get the material exactly where you want it from start. This makes delivery and installation a quick and smooth process for everyone involved. The truck has a hose of 30 meters by default, but it can easily by extended to up to 100 meters if needed. 

The truck loaded with Leca LWA parked next to the construction pit and the hose was connected and was pneumatically delivered to the final destination. With the help of compressed air from the truck, the material could be blown directly down into the shaft in the foundation. All managed by only two people.

Since they could get the material installed right away they didn't need to stock pile it at or nearby the construction site at any stage. All in all, this procedure saved the contractor Serneke both time, money and workforce.