In the parallel assignment for Trondheim municipality, Urban Link, in collaboration with Multiconsult and Link Landskap, conducted a feasibility study at Sluppen. The aim for the study was finding strategies to transform Sluppen into a new sustainable part of Trondheim downtown.
A high way intersection at Sluppen links E6 and the main road to the city centre. The area is highly affected by traffic, large parking areas, office buildings and space demanding industries. Statens Veivesen, Sør-Trønderlag Municipality, Trondheim Municipality and Kjeldsberg Eiendom are key stakeholders in this region and together they ordered the parallel assignment. The task was based on the idea of establishing a public transport hub as a town centre in a diverse and attractive neighbourhood that would result in visionary images of Sluppen from2020, 2030 and 2050.
We etablished a broad interdisciplinary team where the disciplines road, traffic, energy, urban planning, landscape architecture, urbanism, sociology and social geography were represented. The process was based on workshops and resulted in a solution where we linked social and physical elements that characterize good innovation environments, such as the living environment and public services. It was important in the early phase of the project to find a way to establish a public transport hub without large investments, as well as creating calm and attractive residential areas at Sluppen without being dependent on first placing the E6 in culvert. In this way, a desired urban development could start without having to wait for heavy and resource-intensive infrastructure measures.
The proposal emphasized the facilitation of the establishment of both small and large business sectors, varied housing and social meeting places to create a vibrant and attractive district. Solar energy solutions, including combined noise protection, would be a visible dissemination of the city as a gateway to a progressive city for environmental technology development, while the measures to create an inclusive and living environment would ensure the framework for a socially sustainable city-life.