BESIX and MT Højgaard awarded contract for construction of the Nordhavn tunnel in Denmark

2 September 2022

Vejdirektoratet, the Danish Road Directorate, has chosen BESIX and MT Højgaard Denmark to build the Nordhavn Tunnel in Copenhagen. Signing is expected after expiration of the standstill period mid-September 2022.

BESIX is the lead contractor in the consortium formed with its Danish partner MT Højgaard Denmark, appointed to deliver this 346 million euro Design & Build contract. This technically complex contract includes the design and construction of a 1.4 km cut-and-cover road tunnel from Svanevænget across the Svanemøllehavn harbour and out to Nordhavn. Part of it will run under water for 700 m. The scope of works also cover local roads and junctions to be built in connection with the tunnel, as well as mechanical and electrical installations and several traffic control and monitoring systems.

Mathieu Dechamps, General Manager BESIX International, welcomed the announcement and said it was a landmark moment for the company: “BESIX has a strong expertise in major road infrastructure works, as reflected by our ongoing works in Latvia (Rail Baltica), Italy (Valfabbrica), The Netherlands (A16) or Belgium (Oosterweel). Winning this infrastructure project in a country where we delivered the splendid Crown Princess Mary´s Bridge in 2019, also for the Danish Road Directorate, is the validation of our position as a century-old infrastructure expert in the region. We are therefore pleased and honoured to be trusted by Vejdirektoratet for improving its infrastructure.”

The tunnel will create more direct access to the urban development areas in outer and inner Nordhavn. It will connect Østerbro with outer Nordhavn, improve access to port activities in the area and move heavy traffic away from the rest of the road network in Østerbro.

Works will be carried out over 60 months and are expected to start immediately when the contract is signed in mid-September.


BESIX is a leading Belgian group, based in Brussels and operating in 25 countries and on 5 continents, in the construction, real estate development and concessions sectors. Active since 1909, its iconic achievements include Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, buildings of the European Parliament in Brussels as well as the Grand Egyptian Museum, on the Giza pyramids plateau.
The Group's engineering department enables BESIX to carry out complex and unique projects, particularly in terms of technical and environmental aspects.
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