Project operator details

H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower & Park is an ambitious project and requires world-class and internationally recognised project operators in all aspects and early contact to interest groups, political parties and the City of Copenhagen.

About BIG

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) is a Copenhagen, London and New York-based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers.

BIG was founded in 2005 by Bjarke Ingels, an influential architect who was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2016.

The company operates within the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, product design, research and development.

BIG is led by 12 partners and employs around 200 professionals in its NYC office, 20 in London and 250 in Copenhagen.

The office is involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Among notable tower buildings designed by BIG are 2 World Trade Center in New York, the SPIRAL on the Manhattan skyline in New York, the Metzler Tower in Frankfurt, the Telus Sky Tower in Calgary and Vancouver House in Vancouver.

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“Copenhagen is a city of spires. The city centre has evolved with its historic spires as landmarks: the Stock Exchange, Church of Our Saviour, City Hall and Christiansborg Palace. From the sea and harbour, the landmarks are currently the cranes, power stations and silos. Located at the maritime gateway to Copenhagen, the H.C. Andersen Tower will give us the opportunity to reimagine Nordhavn’s new district, the harbourfront as well as Copenhagen’s skyline to be an integrated architectural whole.”

Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG

“When Tivoli was established, it was located on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Gradually, the city encircled Tivoli and today, the garden is world-famous for its location in the very heart of a dynamic European capital. The H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower and Park gives us a similar opportunity to build an entirely new urban neighbourhood around a green oasis of amusements.”

David Zahle, partner, BIG

About SLA

SLA is a Danish based group of urban quality experts operating within the fields of urban space, city planning and landscape architecture.

Started in 1994, the firm is today lead by three partners: Founder Stig L. Andersson, CEO Mette Skjold and Project Director Rasmus Astrup.

At SLA we use nature-based design to create modern, sustainable cities that inspire community and diversity through nature’s amenity and utility values. Our projects solve some of today’s hardest urban problems while creating genuine urban quality that in an unorthodox way add new meaning to the city.

Together our 55 employees form a multidisciplinary team consisting of designers, biologists, city planners, planting experts and urban forests engineers. SLA has offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Oslo, Norway.

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“The amusement park and the public park gives something back to the whole of Copenhagen. Imagine how the tree-tops will create a single green roof for the whole area. An oasis where people can rest on the grass, enjoy the amusements, eat in the restaurants, appreciate nature, experience wildlife and take in the view of the tower, the harbour and the seascape.”

The vegetation and differences in elevation will erase the boundary between public and commercial park with inviting and cohesive experiences of nature. So it won’t matter to the city’s birds, insects, beetles and plants whether they’re on one side of the fence or the other.”

“The park will create a better microclimate in terms of wind, weather and warmth, and it will safeguard the climate of the nearby neighbourhoods. It will be a park that gives a lot of value back to the city in terms of nature, biological diversity, economy, social capital, sustainability and aesthetics.”

Rasmus Astrup, partner, SLA

About Rambøll

Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs 13,000 globally and has especially strong representation in the Nordics, UK, North America, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

With more than 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase constantly striving to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to our clients, the end-users, and society at large. Ramboll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning & Urban Design, Water, Environment & Health, Energy, Oil & Gas and Management Consulting

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“It is a landmark project, not only for the project team and Ramboll, but also for the development of Nordhavn and Copenhagen. We are pleased that we now have the opportunity to really bring into play our strong international High Rise Group, in a Danish context. At the same time, the project is fully in line with the urban development that we have been a major part of, through our work on the Nordhavn master plan, as well as a number of infrastructure and building projects. It fits perfectly with the green and sustainable profile that we want to promote in the district and the project will undoubtedly be a crucial accelerator for the development of Nordhavn and the infrastructure in the area. Last but not least, the project also puts an iconic attraction on the map of Denmark.”

Bjarke Curtz Jansen, Senior Director, Private & Public Buildings, East Denmark, Rambøll

About Forrec

Forrec is an entertainment design company that creates places of escape and destinations of distinction.

With a history that spans 30 years, FORREC has built projects in 20 countries. The company has worked for 6 of the top 10 theme park developers in the world.

Notable clients include Universal Studios, LEGOLAND, Six Flags Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, Samsung Everland, Cirque du Soleil and Coca-Cola.

FORREC is a diverse creative house always ready to be mobilised into collaborative action. The company consists of 5 studios: Creative, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Graphics.

FORREC’s service offerings are diverse and include: Architecture, Art Direction, Attraction Design, Design Management, Exhibit Design, Graphic Design & Signage, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, On-site Supervision, Program Development and Wayfinding.

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“The H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower intrigued FORREC from the start. It’s a real challenge to take something so in the public psyche as the Hans Christian Andersen stories and bring them to life in an authentic way. We admire John Christensen and Kurt Immanuel Pedersen for understanding and respecting the affection people have for this much-loved brand. They clearly had a vision and are pursuing it with real passion. It’s been an adventure for FORREC to be on the project team and to participate in what will be an internationally recognized attraction and Copenhagen landmark.”

Gordon Dorrett, President and CEO, FORREC


ZÜBLIN A/S is a Danish construction company with local market knowledge and international strength. The company’s services comprise ground and civil engineering as well as infrastructure and turnkey construction of the highest quality. ZÜBLIN A/S is one of the few companies in Denmark which covers the entire construction value chain; from design and planning to execution and operation.

ZÜBLIN A/S is a part of STRABAG, one of the leading European technology groups in the construction industry. The STRABAG Group has close to 72,000 employees and an annual output volume of about € 14 billion, of which 2 % is generated in Denmark. The Group is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange and BBB-rated by S&P.

This gives ZÜBLIN A/S a strong financial base and the opportunity to draw on international expertise from the Group’s technical division with 750 engineers who are specialists in high rise construction, structural design and design optimisation. The Group has international high rise construction experience from prestige projects such as the head office of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

ZÜBLIN A/S is a non-discriminating workplace with room for all regardless of gender, ethnic and national origin, religion or physical and mental disability.

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”ZÜBLIN A/S is looking forward to the cooperation, and we are thrilled to participate once again right from the start of the construction of one of the largest construction projects in Copenhagen. As a Group, we have significant international experience in the construction of high-rise buildings. In complex projects such as this, we experience time after time that it isan advantage for all involved parties that the relevant competences are brought into play already in the initial planning phase. This allows us as contractor to involve the Group’s key competences, and in this way to contribute to the creation of predictability and added value early in the process. The H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower is an exceptionally ambitious project on a scale unprecedented in Denmark, and ZÜBLIN is looking forward to solving this challenge together with our partners, the Client as well as the investors – TEAMS WORK”.

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jens-HenrikNicolaisen, ZÜBLIN A/S.

About ECA

Entertainment + Culture Advisors (ECA) is an international advisory firm focused on economic and market analysis for world-class destination entertainment development projects.

ECA principals, formerly with Economics Research Associates (ERA), bring knowledge and expertise to each project with over 30 years of experience.

ECA have completed more than 1,000 entertainment and cultural projects for private and public companies, financial institutions, governments and land owners.

ECA offers objective, independent and creative assistance to developers, operators and investors in the following areas, among others:

Feasibility analysis and market assessment, attraction strategy (IPs/brands), financial modeling, economic master planning, concept development, visitor capacity analysis, operator/investor identification.

Some of ECA’s notable clients are the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox, Six Flags, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow, Paramount Parks, Merlin Entertainments Group (LEGOLAND Parks), MGM Studios and Tivoli Gardens.

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“ECA has been following the preliminary plans for the H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower project with great interest. Building upon the global appeal and awareness of H.C. Andersen’s famous stories, the proposed mixed-use leisure, cultural and tourism project has the potential to become a major destination draw and landmark for greater Copenhagen and Danish tourism industry. The indoor and outdoor nature of the proposed H.C. Andersen attraction and observation tower would create opportunity for year-round operations, activating the Nordhavn new town area and expected to appeal to both Danish residents and visiting tourists as well as cruise passengers nearby. We are looking forward to being part of the international advisory team and to assisting with the independent attraction strategy, business planning and feasibility advisory building upon ECA’s worldwide attraction industry experience and key clients/projects in Denmark such as new LEGO House in Billund (LEGO Co.), ARC Amager Bakke, LEGOLAND Parks (Merlin Entertainments), Tivoli, Lalandia, Danfoss Universe, and New Danish Natural History Museum in Copenhagen, among others.”

Christian Aaen, Principal/Co-Founder, Entertainment + Culture Advisors (ECA) – Beverly Hills, California, USA

About 3F Copenhagen

3F is Denmark’s largest trade union. The union has collective agreements at more work places than any other Danish trade union.

With about 300,000 members, 3F is Denmark’s largest trade union. 3F has more than 50,000 members from other countries. 3F helps employees in case an employer violates the legislation or the rules and agreements in force in the labour market.

3F København is Denmark’s largest 3F department, covering a wide range of agreements in the Copenhagen area.

3F København has around 18,000 members and around 500 elected representatives at workplaces in the area.

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“3F Copenhagen’s values are to help and give the ‘small people’ in society an opportunity. We very much recognise these value in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, which he often bases on poor, outcast and ‘odd’ lives. Often things turn out well, but even if they go badly, or even disastrously, there is a clear sense in it.

“The lots of many of our members are not far off Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales and, as in those tales, 3F Copenhagen believes that everyone should have the chance to live a meaningful life.

“In the H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower project we see every prospect that in today’s world we will also be able to give everyone a good chance of employment regardless of their ‘oddness’ or handicap.”

Bjarne Høpner, Chairman, 3F Copenhagen

About KAB

KAB is the largest, customer owned administrator of nonprofit affordable housing in Denmark with approximately 50.000 housing units in more than 22 municipalities in Greater Copenhagen. Our main areas of business are housing management, building management and the general supply of affordable housing.

Quote for the project

“From our point of view the well-functioning city accommodates everyone. We are therefore pleased to take part in the development of a new socially sustainable neighbourhood. Our contribution will be approximately 200 smaller flats, with about 20-25 reserved for socially marginalized young people.

In close cooperation with the other project partners this provides a unique possibility to lend them a hand – not only by offering a home in a unique community among young students, but also by providing jobs in the local area.

These young students further add value to the project as important contributors to a vibrant urban life, which is fundamental idea of the HCAAT project”.

Jens Elmelund, CEO, KAB.

About Deloitte

Deloitte has a history of more than 150 years and employs approx. 245,000 people in 150 countries and territories, providing audit, tax, legal, financial advisory, risk advisory and consulting services.

With a globally connected network of member firms, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges.

Out of the total of approx. 245,000 professionals globally, over 85,000 professional are based in member firms in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Asia).

Financial Advisory teams at Deloitte member firms provide advisory services regarding M&A transactions, restructurings, raising capital and forensic investigations.

Member firms also offer multi-situational capabilities including business modelling, public private partnership and infrastructure advisory and valuations.

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“The H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower is a visionary and ambitious project, based on a unique business model. The project is extremely interesting from a financial as well as socio-economic perspective. It has a character and size that makes the project interesting for Danish as well as international investors. When the project is realised, it will significantly contribute to the continued growth and development of the Oresund region through, for example attraction of tourists, job creation, increase in value of other buildings in the area and general branding of Copenhagen and the entire Oresund region. We are proud to be part of the team on a project that gives so much back to the city!”

Thomas Bertelsen, Director, Deloitte


HORESTA is the national trade association for the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry in Denmark with about 2,000 members.

Our members represent approximately 85 pct. of the hotel capacity in Denmark and about 50 pct. of the revenue from restaurants. Furthermore our members employ around 75 pct. of the 70,000 people working in the hotel and restaurant sector – a sector with an annual turnover of DKK 28 billion.

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The new H.C. Andersen project is a major boon for tourism. HORESTA is delighted about the project and regards it as a huge draw that will bring thousands of new tourists to Denmark.

“We need lighthouses if we are to attract tourists to Denmark. Attractions and amusements that put Denmark on the world map and make it attractive to travel here as a tourist. The ambitions set out in the H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower project that has just been announced will give our capital a new unique draw in a whole new league that will undoubtedly attract thousands of new tourists to Denmark, thereby benefiting the whole country.

“In recent years, the tourism industry has been experiencing huge growth both internationally and in Denmark, and all the forecasts suggest that this will continue. There is no doubt that the H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower will contribute to further growth and create thousands of new jobs in both the short and long term. Nordhavn is an attractive area that’s had a lot going on in recent years. The hotel, the restaurants, the theme park and the whole project will significantly boost the district, and not least help to make the necessary expansion of the infrastructure a reality. This will also improve accessibility for the many thousands of cruise tourists who stop off every year in our capital.

“H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales are one of the things for which Denmark is best known around the world. Not least in China, where the government has just endorsed Denmark as a tourist destination – the first country outside Asia. China is the world’s largest travel market, which the Danish government has also focused on keenly with the agreement on a Danish-Chinese tourist year, and a project such as the H.C. Andersen Adventure Tower will obviously help to make Denmark even more attractive to Chinese tourists in the future.”

Katia K. Østergaard, CEO, HORESTA

About Copenhagen Capacity

Copenhagen Capacity is a project of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Copenhagen Capacity helps those that are considering expanding businesses to Scandinavia. When thinking about expanding a business, a market overview is the first step to understanding business opportunities. Copenhagen Capacity assists its clients in mapping industry and market opportunities in Greater Copenhagen.

The company’s staff can help businesses with information gathering and analysis before they commit to expanding into Scandinavia, with business establishment during the expansion and with business development afterwards.

The company’s business development consultants benchmark Greater Copenhagen against other major cities and business regions in Scandinavia, provide insights into the key industries of Greater Copenhagen, map potential clients, competitors and service providers, compile market surveys to support business development and identify funding schemes and incentive programmes.