AMF Fastigheter, leading Swedish property investor and developer, has unveiled the biggest hotel contract in the history of Stockholm with Petter Stordalen – owner of Nordic Choice Hotels. The contract comprises two hotels with two disparate concepts, business and boutique.
The hotels will cover an area of 30,000 m² on a 20-year lease term. It will provide a total of 540 rooms for AMF Fastigheter’s latest mixed-use 130,000 m² development Urban Escape Stockholm.
Urban Escape Stockholm, one of the most significant urban regeneration projects currently under way in a European Capital City, will seamlessly integrate the wider business ecosystem of the Swedish Capital. Once completed, the development will comprise 62,000 m² of central, modern, flexible office space and 38,000 m² of retail and leisure in addition to the 30,000 m² of hotel and conference space.
Mats Hederos, CEO at AMF Fastigheter, comments: “After extensive analysis, we believe this combination of hotels, services and offices, integrated with a unique retail and leisure offer, will provide our investors with the best returns. It is the largest project we have undertaken and we are certain that it will safeguard our development pipeline for the future. With an average return of seven per cent in the last five years across all of AMF Pension’s investment streams, our property portfolio has produced returns of 6.6 and 7.2 per cent in the last 10 and 20 years respectively – highlighting property’s effectiveness at balancing a capital portfolio.
“Petter Stordalen’s experience perfectly complements our vision of creating a dynamic, multifunctioning space that fosters the creativity and efficiency of emerging domestic and international talent. These hotel concepts are critical to the success of a development that will redefine what a city can provide to the modern professional.”
Petter Stordalen, owner of Nordic Choice Hotels, says: “We are proud to be part of the most important urban development project to have taken place in Stockholm since the 1960s. Our ambition is to become market leader in all major cities across Scandinavia and this deal represents our progress in achieving this.”
Construction on Urban Escape Stockholm is scheduled to commence by the end of this year, with the hotels opening by early 2017. It will involve the redevelopment of a forgotten part of Central Stockholm, across the whole city block between Regeringsgatan and Brunkebergstorg. It is the next phase in Stockholm’s evolution and will revitalize one of the most renowned public squares and further enhance the connectivity, attractiveness and flow of Stockholm’s city center.