Blackstone and Areim Lease 8,500 sqm to Thorengruppen

Tomteboda. Image: Tomteboda

Sweden Sweden The education industry company Thorengruppen has opened the first of four schools in one of Sweden’s largest and most notable buildings, Tomteboda. The three other schools will move into newly refurbished and custom-made premises in stages over the next two years. The total leased area amounts to 8,500 sqm, with a lease duration of 12 years. Tomteboda is owned by Areim and Blackstone, and managed by Obligo Real Estate.


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Thorengruppen, one of Sweden’s largest and leading companies within the education sector, will establish a cluster of four schools at Tomteboda. Its restaurant school, Astar, opened in January this year, occupying approx. 2,000 sqm. The three other schools, Thoren Business School, Thoren Innovation School and Yrkesgymnasiet, will move into the asset in stages over the next two years. In total, there will be approx. 1,000 students and 85 full time employees, at the schools. The schools’ premises will be fully refurbished and will become very efficient and innovative, with all 8,500 sqm on one floor plate, with lots of natural light and ceiling heights of around 6 meters. A separate and new entrance has been built for the schools.

Tomteboda is a prominent and historic building in Solna, immediately north of Stockholm City Center. The property was built in the early 1980’s and is one of the largest buildings in Sweden with more than 100,000 sqm of gross space. It was designed by the renowned architect Gustaf Rosenberg in Rosenbergs Arkitekter and is one of the most unique examples of 80’s architecture in Sweden. In 1984 Tomteboda received the prestigious “Tengbomspriset” for its state-of-the-art design.

"We are reconstructing Tomteboda so that it once again becomes a modern and flexible product that meets tenants’ needs and requirements, both now and long into the future. The asset, as well as the surrounding outdoor area, will undergo a massive transformation over the next years and we will invest significant amounts to truly make Tomteboda attractive for new and existing tenants. Our ambitions for the asset are extremely high," says Morten Wettergreen at Obligo.

Following the lease with Thorengruppen, in addition to other recently signed leases, there are now approx. 15,000 square meters of available space at Tomteboda. The majority of this space is a train hall that, due to its central location, is especially well suited for city logistic providers and/or train related operators that would benefit from the four rail tracks of about 180 meters. The property direct access to Essingleden and is within walking distance to local bus and subway stops.

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