One of Denmark's largest construction projects takes shape with topping-out ceremony at AP Pension's headquarters

For the second time in just three months a topping-out ceremony has been held at the at Svanemølleholm, Copenhagen. In October, this milestone was marked for Nykredit's future headquarters, and now it is AP Pension's turn. Designed by PLH Arkitekter, this massive project will stand as one of the city’s largest when completed next year.

The quay in Copenhagen's Nordhavn is currently abuzz with construction activity. Next year, if all goes to plan, the buzz will come not from machines but from the 2,770 employees working in the new headquarters of AP Pension and Nykredit.

The mega project covering no less than 57,000 square meters has now reached the point where topping-out ceremonies have been held at both buildings, and at today’s ceremony Lars Toksvig, partner at PLH Arkitekter, pointed out that it is not just the project, but also its ambitions that are grand.

"We are delighted that our joint project has progressed to the point where we now hold this celebration. Today, we can be proud that back in 2019, we dared to dream big, envisioning a unique workplace and a destination for the entire city. It is a dream that is now coming true and will benefit both AP Pension as well as the area itself. We have a pioneering project, which I believe will set new standards for the future approach to office buildings, with a focus not only on sustainable construction, but also sustainable behavior through a new way of working and creating stronger communities in the city."

Nykredit and AP Pension will share various facilities, which will also be open to the public. When construction is completed, there will be a fitness center with a view of the harbor, a public kitchen with outdoor seating, a large rooftop terrace with a greenhouse, a pavilion and a club house.

In collaboration with AP Pension, Nykredit and other involved parties, PLH Arkitekter has set ambitious targets when it comes to sustainability and social considerations. Thus, it is expected that the project will achieve a DGNB Gold certification for the sustainable solutions and a DGNB Diamond for the architecture and functionality of the buildings.

The new headquarters are designed as classic, timeless examples of Nordic architecture with clear references to the historical maritime surroundings that characterize Copenhagen's Nordhavn. With their central location, the buildings will become some of the area's most eye-catching, while giving employees and visitors a unique view of the harbor and sea.

Read more about AP Pension's headquarters here

Engineer: NIRAS
Contractor: MT Højgaard
Landscape: Marianne Levinsen