Copenhagen high-rise building project gets green light

The City of Copenhagen's Technical and Environmental Committee has approved a new local plan for a centrally-located plot in Copenhagen ­ after a battle about the height of the buildings.

The Technical and Environmental Committee of Copenhagen's city council on Monday approved a new local plan for the plot between the Copenhagen Central Station and Copenhagen Harbor formerly occupied by the postal services run by operator Postnord, according to Danish TV station TV2 Lorry. The committee previously turned down the project because it was too big and would block out too much light from the rest of the city.

Danica Pension, which has bought the 40,000 square meter plot, intends to build seven round buildings, the tallest of which will be 93 meters wide and 115 meters tall. The only political parties voting against the building were the Red-Green Alliance party and the Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre).

The entire area around the old post office will be transformed into a new urban area with residential, commercial, and green areas. Here, a planned luxury hotel near the old post terminal is becoming an key pawn in the game after Danica sold the old Postnord headquarters to Norwegian hotel billionaire Petter Stordalen's First Choice Hotels.

A year ago, Petter Stordalen announced – while wearing a red and white Danish flag suit – that he had bought the 100-year-old post office from Danica. The upmarket hotel is set to open in 2020.

English Edit: Marie Honoré

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