The innovation centre, which will open in the second quarter of 2015, will include the laboratory business for research and development within biomaterials as well as business development and strategic marketing. Occupancy will take place as of 1 June and thereafter the premises will gradually be utilised during the autumn of 2015. The business is expected to employ approximately 100 persons.
“We are proud and delighted about welcoming Stora Enso to Sickla and to Atrium Ljungberg. They will get very good premises for their new business in an environment with several large international companies in close proximity to Sickla's restaurants, shopping, culture and service,” comments Micael Averborg, Business Area Director, Transaction and Markets, Atrium Ljungberg.
Stora Enso's operational areas include paper, biomaterials, wood products and packaging and the company is Sweden's second largest employer in its industry.
The company's new focus is to become a value-generating business for renewable materials where the new innovation centre in Sickla is a part of the investment to tackle many of the current global challenges in terms of raw materials.
“It is important for us to create good conditions for creative thinking and cross-functional interaction by consolidating R&D and business development under one roof. Atrium Ljungberg's premises offer us a good surrounding for this as well as a close link to leading innovation and research centres, both at academic and business levels”, says Antonio Batistini, Head of Innovation and Strategic Marketing, Stora Enso Biomaterials.
The rental agreement with Stora Enso is referred to as a “green rental agreement” – an agreement between the landlord and tenant on shared measures to retain or improve environmental performance of the premises. Sickla Front will also be environmentally certified in accordance with BREEAM.
“The green rental agreement shows our shared ambition to collaborate on environmental issues related to premises. Together Stora Enso and we can reduce our environmental impact,” concludes Micael Averborg.
Through the letting to Stora Enso and a previous letting to AJ Produkter, Sickla Front has a letting rate of approximately 60 per cent.
Nacka 20 April 2015
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