Conference & Meetings World Issue 91 - Page 59

City Report The goal of creating a cluster for 10,000 people has been achieved Gothenburg’s intellectual quarter Lindholmen Science Park, an international ‘collaborative environment’, has welcomed Radisson Blu’s MICE partnerships ollaboration is one of Gothenburg’s defining values, and Lindholmen Science Park is a stand out example. The international hub for research, innovation and education specialises in transport, ICT and media and is located in Gothenburg, Sweden. It stands on the island of Hisingen, where its inhabitants are particularly keen to embrace the greater good as well as their own interests via partnerships. Today, 21,000 people work, study or live in Lindholmen. Although the original goal of creating a cluster for 10,000 people has been achieved, the parties in Lindholmen Science Park are keen to continue developing the area. A vision has been agreed that 30,000 people will work, research, study or live in the area by 2020. Lindholmen’s Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, which opened in 2013, has taken this collaborative spirit and ran with it. The hotel partners with the nearby Lindholmen Conference Centre to allow its guests access to the MICE facilities. Meanwhile, the hotel’s interior is filled with gentle nods to Lindholmen’s intellectual acumen. Lindholmen Conference Centre, meanwhile, is partnered with the local Gothenburg University, which also partners with the local technology and science orientated businesses including operators Volvo Group, Ericsson, Volvo Cars, Business Region Göteborg, TeliaSonera, Saab, and the Swedish Road Administration. “One of the things people point out is the closeness of all of us and how we like working together and contributing to a better city. We are confident, and we try to work hard,” Above: Where theory meets practice at the Lindholmen Science Park ISSUE 91 says Göteborg & Co CEO Camilla Nyman. Such commitment has helped attract Lindholmen’s most ambitious project yet. International achitects SOM and Copenhagen firm Entasis were recently awarded a contract to build the Karlatornet project (formerly Polestar Tower). At 240 metres, the tower will be Sweden’s tallest building and marks a shift from traditional development patterns in the country. Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, meanwhile, features 265 rooms, while its restaurant and bar, the Cuckoo’s Nest, provides a meeting spot for guests. Flexible, modern conference spaces are available for up to 68 guests. / C o n f e r e n ce & M ee t i n g s W o r l d / 59