The attractive location of The Canal City between the historical fortress town of Fredericia and the ocean makes the area unique for modern urban development. This is underpinned by Fredericia's central location at the heart of the Triangle Area – one of Denmark's key growth centres.
The development plan describes how the development of Kanalbyen is to be completed over 20-25 years, and the plan is based on the results of an international parallel competition held in 2011.
The development plan applies its concept to translate the vision of the Canal District of Fredericia with its five vision points into a coherent physical structure for the urban district and a strategic plan for the development.
The physical plan connects the new urban district and the unique fortress town of Fredericia by continuing the existing grid structure, respecting the town scale and interpreting its architecture again and by connecting the urban district to the town and regional infrastructures.
The physical concept consists of establishing canals that open the area to the Little Belt and brings the water all the way into town – as was the idea of the historical town plan from 1677 – and this alone will make Kanalbyen a regional attraction.
The realisation of the physical extension project is supported through strategies for:
- urban and life quality
- active participation in urban development
- temporary activities
The development plan is based on a fundamental principle that the development of Kanalbyen must be sustainable in the broadest sense of the word, i.e. in relation to the environment, energy and climate, health and social issues as well as financially. And the ambition is to set new standards for urban development in Denmark within all these three main areas.