Physical planning

Physical planning is a key component of urban development initiatives and sets the boundaries that any detailed project must adhere to – such as the legal and technical guidelines that should be followed. Urban transformation and renewal must be developed as a proactive element of physical planning as it provides a practical and sustainable means of preparing for future urbanisation.

Copenhagen's elevated bike lane, the bicycle snake


Dieter Grau

Dieter Grau

Country Market Director, Water in Germany
T: +49 7551 92880
Henrik Undeland

Henrik Undeland

Landscape Architect
T: +46 10 615 33 39
Jukka Pekka

Jukka-Pekka Pitkänen

Global Division Director, Smart Mobility
T: +358 40 738 4190

Creating liveable cities

Effective transportation systems are a prerequisite for a city’s social and economic progress. For several decades, Ramboll has developed solutions that increase mobility and reduce traffic, without compromising efficiency.

Vibrant public and recreational spaces also make an important contribution to increasing urban liveability and serve to attract residents, businesses and tourists. Ramboll has world class expertise and an enviable track record in creating the ‘blue/green’ physical elements that breathe life into both new and existing urban spaces.

Promoting sustainable growth

With the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity predicting a 150% increase in the footprint of cities by 2030, urbanisation has a significant impact on land use. Ramboll specialists support cities in optimising spatial planning and zoning as well as setting up the governance structures, policies and regulations needed to promote controlled growth.

As demand grows in relation to the size, quality and quantity of apartments, parks, and other urban infrastructure, Ramboll can help cities to transform and rejuvenate themselves to meet these needs. 

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Aerial photo of Nordhavnen, Copenhagen

Nordhavnen - international role model for sustainable urban development

With its unique positioning and an area covering the size of 625 football grounds, Nordhavnen (or Nordhavn) in Copenhagen, Denmark, is Scandinavia's largest and most ambitious city development project for the time being. The overriding vision for Nordhavnen is to become the sustainable city of the future.

Jätkäsaari infrastructure and environmental planning

Having served as Helsinki's cargo port for almost 100 years, Jätkäsaari will be transformed into an attractive urban residential area by 2025. The Jätkäsaari construction project consists of various commissions, which Ramboll is planning in connection with numerous client and cooperative partners.

Photo: Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl Singapore

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Bishan Park is one of the most popular parks in the heartlands of Singapore. As part of a much-needed park upgrade and plans to improve the capacity of the Kallang channel along the edge of the park, works were carried out simultaneously to transform the utilitarian concrete channel into a naturalised river.

Visualisation of blue-green environment in dense future city. Photo: EG Architects

Gullbergsvass and Gothenburg’s new RiverCity

Gullbergsvass is one of seven neighbourhoods in central Gothenburg’s port area to be transformed into the attractive new ‘RiverCity’. Ramboll performed a feasibility study for the 90 hectare district as a basis for stakeholder dialogue on the development. RiverCity promises to position Gothenburg as one of the top five cities in Europe for growth potential.

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