Successful densification using 3D property division

In cooperation with Lund Municipality, AB Bostäder is building Sagoeken – a new quarter in Kämnärsrätten for both schoolchildren and students. The project has been enabled by 3-D property division.

Following a decision by the Swedish parliament in 2003, it became possible to divide property not only in two dimensions, but also in terms of height, says Magnus Cederberg, Property Development Manager at AF Bostäder. The aim of the 3D reform was to enable the more efficient use of properties. A typical example is when housing is built over a multi-storey car park or commercial premises, with different owners of the various operations. The technology and infrastructure that requires joint installations and servicing, such as stairwells, water, sewerage, electricity, broadband and surface water systems, are settled with an easement agreement.

AF Bostäder has good experiences of using 3D division. In the spring of 2014, the company sold 20 000m2 of commercial premises at Sparta, but retained the student housing in the area. The sale, which was also enabled by 3D division, was a way to strengthen the focus on core activities, and also provide scope to invest in forthcoming construction projects.

“The following year we inaugurated Vegalyckan, the result of good collaboration with Lundafastigheter,” says Magnus Cederberg.

Vegalyckan is now shared between a municipal preschool and primary school and our student housing – in the same building, divided into two properties.

“When we started the development of the Kämnärsrätten district in 2017, it was therefore quite natural to see 3D division as a possibility,” says Magnus Cederberg. “Within a total of seven quarters we will in time double the amount of student housing – from accommodation for 750 to 1 500. The first four quarters are planned for completion in 2021, starting with Proto and Sagoeken.”

Sagoeken is a similar concept to Vegalyckan. The quarter consists of two connected buildings with a total of five floors. The ground floor of the buildings provides space for 200 primary school children and 100 preschool children. On the upper floors there will be space for 175 single-room apartments for students. Firstly, the municipality will construct the school buildings and then AF Bostäder will build the student housing on top of them.

“3D division is very useful in densification, and good from a sustainability perspective. We use the land and shell together, which provides a more efficient use of resources. In our role as city developers, we also see a lot of advantages. By mixing activities and groups, we create a more dynamic environment. Life and movement during a large part of the day contributes to wellbeing, security and attractive city districts. It’s something that benefits the whole of Lund,” concludes Magnus Cederberg.

Magnus Cederberg
Property Development Manager

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