A decision has been made nationally to examine the most suitable routes – and thus also the most suitable station locations – for high-speed rail links between Stockholm and Gothenburg (Götalandsbanan) and between Jönköping and Malmö (Europabanan). A decision regarding routes and station area locations is expected to be reached following negotiations (Sweden negotiations), which are scheduled to take place during 2016. It is probable that Jönköping, due to its strategic location, will have a station although the final location of the station area has yet to be decided.
In November 2012, Jönköping Municipal Authority adopted a framework programme for the Södra Munksjön area. The programme has been based on studies conducted by the Swedish Rail Administration, working in collaboration with Jönköping Municipal Authority, prior to a preliminary study of the Linköping-Borås section of Götalandsbanan (underlagsrapport 5:5, see annexes).
In order to proceed with the design of the Södra Munksjön area as a whole, further studies are required to determine how the station area will be designed and integrated.
The aim of the ideas competition is to visualise ideas, feasible content and a potential design of a new station area south of the lake, Munksjön. At the same time, the intention is to demonstrate how the station area can be incorporated into the planned expansion of the Södra Munksjön area as a whole.
The competition is an ideas competition and the results of the competition will be used in the upcoming process of creating an understanding of what a future station area could look like and the functions it could incorporate.
In summary, the remit includes submitting proposals for the design of the station building and surrounding area, submitting proposals for service provision, retail facilities and cultural elements, submitting proposals for solutions related to logistics and also presenting ideas for the design of the station facility with associated bridge construction, including the location of railway tracks and platforms.
Invitation to prequalification
From November 30, 2015 teams were able to send their notification of interest in order to participate in the prequalification stage of the competition. The last day of submission was January 22, 2016.
Selection process and continued competition
After January 22, 2016 a selection process was started where every received notification of interest was evaluated. From this evaluation, four teams were selected who received information of their continued competition on March 4, 2016.
The competition starts officially on March 17, when the competition programme is sent out to the competing teams. The competition period is concluded at June 17, 2016 - the final date of the submission of competition entries.
After this date, the judging panel starts its work with evaluating the competition entries and select a winning team. The winner will be announced in the middle of September, 2016. This is also the date when the competing teams' identities are revealed.