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The city of Kiruna with the mine in the background

The Megaproject listing

#2 Moving a city to expand the mine

In the second episode of our series ’The Megaproject Listing’, we visit the northernmost city in Sweden, Kiruna. This arctic town is currently undergoing a gigantic urban relocation, moving central parts from one place to another. And it is all because of the mine.

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Why the town of Kiruna is being moved and what makes it one of the most ambitious urban planning projects in the world.

Sweden’s northernmost city Kiruna was formed around a mine for more than 100 years ago. Now, the same mine is threatening to swallow up the town.

One day he installs a new gearbox in a Volvo excavator, another day he goes 1365 meters below ground to serve heavy machinery in the mine.

One day, Anton Laitamaa is a thousand meters underground and the next, servicing machines in the new center. Spirit followed him on the job.

The Kiruna move is unique in many ways – but it’s not the first time in history cities or parts of them have been moved and rebuilt. Here are some examples from around the world.

Eva and Carl-Johan Mäki lived in Kiruna’s Ullspiran district for almost 40 years. “You’ve got to look forwards, not backwards,” says Eva Mäki.

The masterplan for the new Kiruna by White and Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter involves establishing a new central square and bringing the surrounding nature closer to the residents. This is...

The architect behind the relocation goes into the details of the city relocation. What is the final version for Kiruna? And how do you actually move an entire city?

Machine operator Martin Oja has been working on the city transformation project in Kiruna for almost ten years. He’s looking forward to the day the city is completed.

Kiruna’s early history can be tracked by studying its houses, many of which will be preserved and relocated to the new city.

Krister Lindstedt, lead architect for the new Kiruna, tells Spirit how people, not buildings, were put in the very heart of the design process.

Florida’s I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project is at the forefront of several global trends in infrastructure design, management, financing and community enhancement.

Why this major traffic artery is being rebuilt – and what makes this infrastructure project one of the most significant in the US.

To ensure that our cities are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, updated solutions that secure quality of life and safety are needed.

From The Overseas Highway in Florida to Airstrip Road in Australia – here’s a list of ten of the most impressive road building projects ever.

Volvo CE’s ActiveCare Direct service is increasing efficiency and uptime on the complex I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project.

Time and safety — Floridians are looking forward to an increase in both when the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate interstate megaproject is completed in 2021.

The ultimate project demands the ultimate operators. Spirit goes behind the scenes to meet the experts working on one of the largest and most complex road building projects in the world.

Florida’s I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project aims to create a commuting experience that will delight residents and tourists alike.

A new generation of simulators is having a huge impact on the development of a 21st century workforce for construction equipment. While optimizing operator training across a range of heavy...

Safety is as much part of Volvo’s present and future as it has been in the company’s past.

For the past few years the Tier 4 Final 11-16 liter engine project team has been conducting verification tests in extreme conditions.

Following the donation of a second-hand Volvo EC290BLC excavator to an agricultural training centre, the students can now look forward to a much brighter future.

A Volvo CE wheel loader never tires of feeding a cutting-edge recycling system with an insatiable appetite.

In Argentina’s busy San Lorenzo port complex, the workers’ cooperative is putting families first.

A respected Valencia-based company has opted to invest in Volvo machines to operate its chemical plant.

Thousands of excavator operators across China are expected to compete in Operator Idol 2014, Volvo CE’s nationwide ‘eco-operator’ contest.

A new dealer warranty review process aims to help dealers better understand and follow the Volvo CE warranty procedure.

Volvo excavators help battle the elements and strengthen a growing agricultural community.

…without a Volvo EC480DL excavator to take the strain.