STOCKHOLM, July 16 /PRNewswire/ --

- Stockholm Waterfront Aims to be First Eco-Labelled Conference Centre

Stockholm is home to several state-of-the-art building projects leading the way in environmental design. Among them is the centrally located Stockholm Waterfront complex which will house offices, a hotel, a congress centre and concert arena.

"Stockholm Waterfront will be the new landmark in Stockholm," says Mikael Söderlund, Stockholm's commissioner of building and traffic. "We'll get a spectacular view with the fantastic congress centre as the crown jewel of the entire city district."

Stockholm Waterfront will open in 2010. The new conference centre will have room for 3,000 participants during local and international events, and will also house office spaces and a Park Inn hotel with 420 rooms.

The entire building process - as well as daily services once the building is open - focuses on sustainability, says Kenth Larsson, director of sales, meeting and events at Rezidor, developer of the Park Inn Stockholm Waterfront hotel.

"The whole Stockholm Waterfront project is characterised by its environmental focus," Larsson says. "Sweden is a world leader in sustainable building design, and Stockholm Waterfront lives up to all current environmental legislations. The focus is on social interaction and organic materials."

The aim for the Stockholm Waterfront building is to receive the offical Nordic "Swan" eco-labelling, which would include the entire building and operational process of the complex. If successful, the eco-labelling would be a first for a combined hotel and congress centre.

To help cool the buildings in the summer, Stockholm Waterfront will use the cold of the water in the nearby lake, Klara Sjö. The Stockholm Stock Exchange is cooled on the same principle.

"The focus for Stockholm Waterfront is on energy and sustainable materials. The building itself will be extremely energy efficient thanks to the solar panels on the roof, which will produce energy for the whole complex," says Christer Olofsson, head of the Stockholm Waterfront project, adding that its ideal location will make it a natural hub of Stockholm.

Stockholm Waterfront won't issue any green demands on its residents, but its owners hope that the guests themselves will want to contribute towards a building with services that are as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.

Peter Lindqvist, acting CEO of the Stockholm Visitors Board, concludes: "With its central location, Stockholm Waterfront will provide the city with a large meeting venue in downtown Stockholm."

Contact details: Anna Lagerkvist, +46-(0)70-240-8825