Statoil has signed a letter of intent with Skanska for the construction of the new office building at Sandsli in Bergen.
The work on the office building and adjacent infrastructure will start in early August, with completion scheduled for the first half of 2014.
"Our goal is to establish a joint workplace where we ensure optimal cooperation and knowledge sharing, so that our core activities are well equipped to further develop Statoil in the region. The new building will encompass all aspects of our business, and we can hardly wait until it is finished," said Jannicke Nilsson, Statoil's location manager in Bergen.
Around 60% of Statoil's activities on the Norwegian continental shelf are operated from Bergen, in addition to a significant amount of research work.
When the project is complete in 2014, Sandsliveien will have a whole new look. In addition to the office building, the project will include construction of a new shared reception area and canteen, a new parking garage, new exercise facilities and a new outdoor area. A total of 55,000 square metres of new area will be built during the next three years.
"This is an important milestone for Statoil, and we look forward to working with Skanska on this project. For us, HSE and high-quality work will top the agenda," said Statoil's asset owner in Global Business Services, Svein Harald Storli.
The infrastructure in the area will also be upgraded with measures including a walkway between Sandslihaugen and Sandsliveien, as well as a new roundabout and entrance to Sandsliveien. Skanska was also awarded these activities under a separate contract.
"We are confident that the employees will like the changes slated for Sandsli, and we plan to keep them up-to-date throughout the project. A dedicated user project has also been established to ensure that the new office building will accommodate the needs of the organisation," said Storli.
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