Many years of discussions, thoughts, ideas and proposals led to a September 2011 agreement between the Nobel Foundation and the City of Stockholm to initiate the Nobel Center project. A number of potential locations in the city had been studied before the two sides declared in their agreement that the Blasieholmen peninsula in central Stockholm was the most suitable location. The project was terminated in late 2018 because the new political majority in the City of Stockholm decided that the Nobel Center should not be located on the Blasieholmen peninsula.
Here is a chronology of the project:
- In December 2011 the City of Stockholm and the Nobel Foundation signed a declaration of intent to work jointly towards the creation of a Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula. After that, the continued planning of the Nobel Center focused entirely on the Blasieholmen peninsula. In other words, no other locations would be studied in this project.
- In August 2012, the City’s Development Committee approved allocation of the site.
- In March 2013, an international architectural competition for the design of the building was announced. Eleven proposals were publicly unveiled in October 2013.
- In June 2013 the City Planning Committee decided to begin work on the detailed local plan by approving a starting memorandum.
- In April 2014 a winning architectural proposal was selected.
- An initial local plan, based on the winning architectural proposal, was presented for public consultation during the spring of 2015.
- A site allocation agreement with the City of Stockholm was signed in October 2015.
- After certain revisions, the local plan was again displayed for public scrutiny in the autumn of 2015. Among other changes, the height of the building was reduced and a parking garage was eliminated from the plan.
- In March 2016 the Development Committee of the City of Stockholm approved an implementation agreement.
- The local plan for the Nobel Center was approved by the City Planning Committee in March 2016 and adopted by the Stockholm City Council in April 2016.
- In November 2016, the Stockholm Administrative Court rejected all appeals of the City of Stockholm’s decision on land allocation for construction of a Nobel Center, the “implementation agreement”. A small number of individuals then submitted the case to the Administrative Court of Appeal, which rejected all their appeals in a ruling on June 27, 2017. Appeals to the Supreme Administrative Court require a leave to appeal.
- In February 2017, the Stockholm County Administrative Board announced its decision to approve the local plan and to reject all appeals of the City of Stockholm’s decision to adopt the local plan. The Land and Environment Court ruled differently, revoking the local plan in May 2018. In June 2018 the Municipal Executive Board of the City of Stockholm made a formal decision to appeal this ruling to the Land and Environment Court of Appeal.
- The Land and Environment Court of Appeal granted a leave to appeal in October 2018.
- Because the new political majority in the City of Stockholm decided that the Nobel Center should not be located on the Blasieholmen peninsula and the city has withdrew its appeal to the Land and Environment Court of Appeal, the case was dismissed on December 11 and the project to build a Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula ended.