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A convention village created to foster development

Oslofjord is a gathering place for large events. A place for fellowship, friendship and excitement. Throughout the years, they have been the host of many events, large and small alike. Since 2013, they have built 1,600 new hotel rooms, Oslofjord Arena and Oslofjord Hotel. Now, they are in the final stages of construction, which will complement their unique product and be “the finishing touch” to a state-of-the-art conference facility for both large and small meetings.

The pandemic hit the industry hard, but the convention centre is continuing the development towards the completion of the facilities. Early in 2022, everything will be ready – both inside and out. The conference building contains a brand-new multifunctional hall of 1,200 m2, 11 new meeting rooms, a new production kitchen, mingling areas and flexible working spaces.

Flexible meeting room solutions

The new hall can accommodate a total of 1,500 people, but the flexibility also creates better opportunities for groups of all sizes. With the new addition, Oslofjord will be just as suitable for groups of 50 to 500 people, as 1,500 to 15,000 people.  Architect Niels Torp is responsible for the design of the latest extension, the same architect who designed the entire Oslofjord Convention Center.

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Conference centre and a festival square

The conference centre, both new and existing, is in the very heart of the area. Right outside the doors, you will find the festival square, the promenade through the area and direct access to the apartment hotels. The festival square is ideal for everything from concerts to outdoor food serving, and the latest extension utilizes this place even better and facilitates great outdoor experiences. From the promenade, you can see all the way down to the cottage village, the fjord and the beach area. Upon completion of the construction project, the entire Oslofjord will become a living convention village with a vibrant environment between all the buildings.

Contributing to a better climate and environment

In the period 2001 – 2005, the convention centre carried out an important construction phase, but also a major environmental audit. They developed a water-borne distribution network, combined with a boiler plant with heating sources based on renewable energy. Since then, the environmental commitment has become even more important and in 2018, the new energy centre was officially opened, a facility that ensures as much as 95% renewable energy for the entire Oslofjord. This investment has made it possible for Oslofjord to double its energy production and at the same time halve greenhouse gas emissions.

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A good neighbour

The environment has been an important investment, but also the venue’s social responsibility as a major player in the county. As a direct result of the development, several million NOK has also been invested in the construction and clearing of the coastal path, which has now been marked and opened to the public. The result was a more open cultural landscape with a view of the sea, access and paths adapted for the disabled and a new open space on Rossnesodden. Furthermore, they have contributed to improved road standards with pedestrian and bicycle paths. The venue has also entered into an agreement with Sandefjord municipality which ensures that the Oslofjord Arena is accessible to local sports teams and clubs, and several of these are already regular users

Oslofjord is a unique product that is about to put its footprint on the world map. It is a convention village; a place of togetherness and excitement with endless possibilities. Here you can simply buy the key to the city and make it your own. This is also a place where nature and sustainability are built into the entire business so that nature does not suffer. A great place to be as a guest, and a playground for anyone planning events.

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