Sweco helps build Ukraine housing

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There are currently 6.2 million internally displaced people in Ukraine and housing is desperately needed. (Photo by Maksym Pozniak-Haraburda on Unsplash).

Six municipalities in western Ukraine to receive new EU-funded housing for internally displaced people.

Sweco has been given the assignment of leading the procurement for and supporting the construction of housing in six cities in western Ukraine. The objective is to quickly meet the needs of internally displaced people for housing, heating, water and electricity.

There are currently 6.2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ukraine. In response to the effects of the war, the EU has decided to finance housing, schools, pre-schools and hospitals as well as to repair infrastructure in liberated cities in Ukraine.

Sweco’s assignment includes ensuring that European procurement norms are complied with when the project organisations procure contractors for the buildings in six municipalities located in the Western parts of Ukraine, which will receive new EU-funded IDP housing.

Åsa Bergman, president and CEO of Sweco, said: “It feels incredibly gratifying to contribute Sweco’s expertise in a concrete manner that enables meeting people’s basic needs, such as shelter, water and electricity. Sweco has extensive experience in rapidly putting together and managing teams comprised of international and local players with the right skills to make this possible.”

Ulf Bojö, vice president, green transition in Eastern Europe at Nefco, the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, commented: “We are pleased to see that the EU-funded action for IDPs’ urgent housing needs is now proceeding. We are committed to working towards a green recovery in Ukraine together with procured partners to ensure that Ukraine is rebuilt greener and better.”

The project is now underway and is planned to continue for two years. Sweco will be collaborating with local Ukrainian consultants. The client is Nefco and the Nordic Green Bank, an international financial institution founded by the five Nordic countries. Nefco has broad experience of financing municipal projects in Ukraine and acts as an implementing agency for the EU’s actions to support Ukraine.