Land reclamation


In order to create more space for Copenhagen's development, CPH City & Port Development will extend Nordhavn by 100 hectares over the next 20 years. CPH City & Port Development will receive land to expand Nordhavn.

A massive expansion will take place over the coming years along the north-east corner of Nordhavn. This work is being implemented in order to, among other things, create space for a 1,100 metre long quay that from 2013 will be able to accept up to three large cruise ships at the same time. 

The expansion is in full swing. Large iron walls are being driven down into the seabed (sheet piling) to form the perimeter around the filling, and a 1.2-kilometre long stone embankment has been constructed to the west. The large volumes of soil to backfill the reclaimed area come from the construction of the Metro City Ring and the new road Nordhavnsvejen.

The land reclamation project has a total capacity of approximately 18 million tons of earth, of which 7 million tonnes is clean and 11 million tonnes is contaminated. With the current volumes of earth, the land reclamation project is expected to be completed in 2025, and Nordhavn will be expanded by almost 1 million m2.

Facts about the enlargement

  • The construction of the cruise ship quay and the soil depot is being carried out by a joint venture between Züblin, Möbius and MJ Eriksson.
  • The stone embankment on the north-west side of the filling was carried out by Per Aarsleff.
  • The reclaimed area will cover 1 million m2 or 100 hectares.
  • The filling will accommodate both clean soil and a new depot for contaminated soil, with volumes of 4 million m3 and 6 million m3 respectively.
  • Estimated completion date for the reclamation: 2022. The perimeter of the reclamation area will be completed in 2013.
  • The cruise ship quay is expected to be finished for the 2013 season. The terminal is expected to be completed in 2014.
  • The cruise ship quay will be 1,100 metres long. For comparison, Langelinie is 1,000 metres long.
  • A 700 metre long container quay will be constructed in continuation of the cruise ship quay, and a further 500 metres of quay will be constructed at the end for general cargo.The dike with sheet piling is 1,250 metres long and the stone embankment to the west is 1,200 metres long.