Sortland Entreprenør to build SKREI

11 July 2024

Sortland Entreprenør has secured the main contract for the building. This is the first and by far the largest of 4 construction contracts for SKREI. The scope of the contract is NOK 180 million.

 “This is a major milestone for the SKREI project,” says Jens-Henrik Andersen, project manager for SKREI. We are very happy to have landed an agreement with Sortland Entreprenør to build Museum Nord’s new venture outside Kabelvåg.

– SKREI is a national project that will be of great importance not only for Lofoten, but also for the surrounding areas. We are pleased that the value creation from the construction project itself will be here in the region. At most, there may be as many as 75 people working on the site. And this is just the beginning of the ripple effects we will see from SKREI,” says Jens-Henrik Andersen.

To menn som gir hverandre et håndtrykk

(from left: Chairman of the board of Skrei Eiendom, Jonas Tetlie, is very pleased that an agreement has been entered into with Sortland Entreprenør AS by general manager Andreas Einejord for the first and by far largest of a total of four construction contracts at SKREI)

Skrei Eiendom AS is the builder for Otolitten. Skrei Eiendom AS is Vågan municipality’s company, with the assignment to build and operate the buildings that are part of SKREI.

Sortland Entreprenør AS has now signed the first and by far largest of a total of four construction contracts – an agreement that covers carpentry, concrete, steel, glass and the outdoor areas of SKREI and the new main building, Otolitten. The contracts for ventilation, piping and electrical are side contracts that will be decided in August.

Local value creation

“It is not a matter of course that a regional contractor would have the capacity to take on such a large project,” says project manager for SKREI Jens-Henrik Andersen. “But Sortland Entreprenør has delivered on all points, and we have had a very good negotiating climate during the contract work with a great willingness to reach an agreement. Construction work will begin in August and end in December 2025. After that, furnishings, exhibitions, etc. will be installed. The tender deadline was 31 May and the negotiations took place in June/July

The local company Svenning, which has already carried out extensive groundwork on the site, is also engaged as a subcontractor.- The groundwork on the construction site has gone very well. We are now in the fortunate position that we are actually a little ahead of schedule and look forward to the start of construction around mid-August,” says Andersen.  Since the autumn of 2023, the existing building stock (formerly known as Våganheimen) has been demolished and materials distributed for reuse. Extensive excavation and blasting work has been carried out on the site. Among other things, 900 cubic meters of stone have been extracted. Large parts of these masses have been stored in a local landfill. The last building on the site, which currently houses SKREI’s project offices, is scheduled for demolition in the autumn of 2024.   

About Sortland Entreprenør

Sortland Entreprenør AS is Vesterålen’s leading contracting company and has in recent years expanded its catchment area to include the entire region. They provide contracting services to both the private and public markets and are a total supplier of new buildings and construction work.

Sortland Entreprenør is part of the Kronstein Group, a group with 275 employees and a turnover of NOK 1.2 billion that specializes in construction services and building materials.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement and look forward to getting started with the project. It contributes to value creation in the region when such projects go to North Norwegian players. This is what general manager of Sortland Entreprenør Andreas Einejord says.

Personer som står på ei byggetomt

Sortland Entreprenør AS, Skrei Eiendom AS and SKREI/Museum Nord on the site where the 5000m2 Otolite will be erected. From left: Lars Langø project manager Sortland Entreprenør AS, Marit Anette Eilertsen project manager Sortland Entreprenør AS, Andreas Einejord general manager Sortland Entreprenør AS, Jonas Tetlie chairman of the board Skrei Eiendom AS, Jens-Henrik Andersen project manager SKREI)

SKREI opens in 2026

SKREI will consist of the new building Otolitten as well as the existing Lofoten Museum (left), the Lofoten Aquarium and Galleri Espolin (right). Together, this will make up SKREI. Here we will tell the story of Norway’s most important fish, the cod. The Lofoten fishery has been and is a key value creator in Norway. In Storvågan, where we know that the first commercial trade in stockfish took place, the story will be told in the form of experiences and exhibitions all year round.

Sortland Entreprenør AS will construct the Otolitten building. It will be 5000 m2 and will house a large exhibition, areas for changing exhibitions, catering facilities, offices, storage and conservation workshop, etc.

We look forward to working with Sortland Entrepreneur to build SKREI!

Bilde som viser Otolitten i Storvågan

Illustrations: Lpo architects.

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