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Finally space for new and old building

LKAB and the Municipality of Gällivare together invite media representatives to attend a press conference to be held on Tuesday, 4 October, when the first of 30 heritage buildings will be moved and a tour of several new residential building projects will be given.

Press release:

The press conference will include a bus tour of several ongoing residential building projects that are taking place in Gällivare as a direct consequence of Malmberget being phased out.

LKAB is preserving buildings of cultural and historic significance while at the same time offering older dwellings for rent at a lower rate than in newer residential areas. The buildings are being lifted and relocated one at a time by trailer some seven kilometres from Malmberget to the new address in Koskullskulle.

The relocation of heritage buildings with 86 dwelling units is only a small part of the urban transformation that is currently under way. For LKAB to be able to continue mining iron ore, all structures above the mines must be moved to a safe location. In Malmberget 3,200 people are affected, and 2,000 dwellings and 250,000 square metres of residential and commercial space and other premises must be redeveloped.

The community of Malmberget is located about 100 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. Since the late 1800s this has been the location of the world's second-largest underground iron ore mine. LKAB is one of Sweden's most important export companies. The community was built to house the miners. No one could have expected that mining would continue to this day. Therefore, the community was built more or less directly above the ore. Now, more than a century later, the community must be phased out and the nearby town of Gällivare will be developed and densified. Shops will be relocated to new addresses, children will make their way to school via different routes and new ski trails will be created. In Malmberget the urban transformation has been taking place for 60 years as areas have been decommissioned.

When: Tuesday, 4 October at 7.30 a.m. The press conference is expected to conclude at lunchtime.
Where: LKAB's visitors' centre in Koskullskulle, where we will assemble and then travel by bus to Malmberget for a tour of the new residential projects.

Since the press conference will take place at a construction site, protective clothing must be worn. Please let us know if you wish to participate no later than 30 September. Please reply to: maritha.mossberg@lkab.com +46 970 766 44.

Contact, Municipality of Gällivare: Mikaela Östebro, mikaela.ostebro@gallivare.se +46 970 81 82 03.

Contact: Maritha Mossberg, Communication officer LKAB. Phone: 46 (0) 970 766 44. E-mail: maritha.mossberg@lkab.com (maritha.mossberg.fogman@lkab.com)

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