Besix wins Copenhagen tunnel project

5 September 2022

Belgian contractor Besix and MT Højgaard Denmark have been selected to build the Nordhavn Tunnel in Copenhagen.

The €346m (US$342.5m) contract for Vejdirektoratet, the Danish Road Directorate, involves the design and construction of a 1.4km cut and cover road tunnel from Svanevænget across the Svanemøllehavn harbour and out to Nordhavn. The tunnel will run under water for 700m. The scope of works also covers local roads and junctions to be built in connection with the tunnel, the construction of a replacement harbour for approximately 600 boats in Færgehavn Nord, as well as mechanical and electrical installations and several traffic control and monitoring systems.

Besix has ongoing works in Latvia, Italy, The Netherlands and Belgium and in 2019 delivered Crown Princess Mary’s Bridge across Roskilde Fjord for the Danish Road Directorate.

The new tunnel will create more direct access to the urban development areas in outer and inner Nordhavn. It will connect Østerbro with outer Nordhavn, improve access to port activities in the area and move heavy traffic away from the rest of the road network in Østerbro.

Works will be carried out over 60 months and are expected to start immediately when the contract is signed in mid-September.

The four-lane tunnel is scheduled to open in 2027.