Sustainability and social responsibility at the centre
The first speaker was The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, who started by looking forward to the years to come where Copenhagen is facing a green and sustainable future. ”We have to pull together in order to take care of the climate challenges. In 2025 Copenhagen will be the first CO2-neutral capital in the world, and that is why I’m so excited that this building will be sustainable. I’m very happy that PensionDanmark is taking the lead in behaving in a socially responsible way,” the mayor said.
Next, The CEO of the building owner PensionDanmark, Torben Möger Pedersen, talked:
”In PensionDanmark we are very proud to be able to contribute with a modern and sustainable super tanker-office-building for DFDS. It’s a major league construction, that will be classified after the certification DGNB Gold that vouches for that the property will live up to the highest standards of environmental, societal and financial sustainability.” Torben Möger thanked all involved parties for a an excellent collaboration – PLH Arkitekter also got praises: ”PLH Arkitekter has delivered a fantastic project. I’m looking very much forward to seeing the final building when it will be launched in the beginning of 2022,” he ended.
Torben Carlsen, CEO at DFDS – the future tenant – looked forward to the new workplace of the company:
”It will be an embracing workplace. We have employees from 40 different countries, and we are looking forward to welcoming them in a brand new building, that will support the way we want to collaborate. It’s a cultural journey that will set the future course for DFDS and the way we collaborate and will develop as a company.” Torben Carlsen thanked all parties for their large support for the building: “We are so much looking forward to moving in,” he ended.
Søren Mølbak, CEO and partner of PLH Arkitekter talked about the inspiration for the architecture of the building:
”Architecturally, we have been inspired by the maritime world of DFDS. We have sought to create a technological, modern and forward-leaning building with a maritime architecture to match the visionary company that DFDS is.”
Martin Manthorpe, Director of Strategy, Business Development and Public Affairs at NCC, also had praising words about the architecture of the building:
”It will be a completely unique building. It is a construction that in a very beautiful and noble way connects the location by the water with the operations of DFDS,” he said. Martin Mantorpe thanked everyone for their efforts – especially the building owner, PensionDanmark, for pressuring suppliers and in that way help to promote the transition of the construction industry to a more sustainable future.