This shift of the populace will require the development of infrastructures in these cities in order to guarantee efficient transportation systems and reliable utilities such as power, water, sewer, and communication systems. The logical place to locate these systems is underground. Land scarcity also makes underground space attractive for commercial, institutional, storage, housing, and service facilities. Underground space is the new frontier and WSP is on the cutting edge of implementing its efficient and beneficial use.
Underground space development is an important part of city planning and is included in the majority of existing urban plans. Benefits of using underground spaces include relieving surface congestion, connecting people and neighbourhoods, protecting residents from noise pollution and poor air quality, reducing overbuilding and crowding, and providing more room for open, green spaces on the surface. Efficient use of underground space promotes sustainable development, improves urban environment, preserves natural resources, and offers long-term economic benefits.
WSP recently completed the design and implementation of Stigbergsgaraget, an underground parking facility in Stockholm, Sweden. The project received numerous awards and was a 2016 finalist in the International Tunneling Association (ITA) project. In addition, we completed the design of Stockholm’s underground bus terminal in the city centre as part of the Slussen development program. The bus terminal was built inside the bedrock, creating a safe and modern hub for commuters that will connect with Saltsjöbanan and the transit system, facilitating indoor movement between buses, trains, and rail transit.