The masterplan aims to create ‘facts on the ground’ for the neighbouring communities of Reykanesbear and Sudurnesjabear, with projects that meet existing needs and therefore create strong local ownership. To tackle risks of low-density and low value developments in the vicinity of the Keflavík Airport, focus areas have been identified to achieve high impact and diversification in terms of identity and value creation. With Keflavik airport in the centre and in synergy with the wider region, these focus areas include: Gateway to Iceland, Ásbrú, and Helguvík-Bergvík. To each area its own development strategy, supported by urban design and climate mitigation guidelines.
The Gateway to Iceland starts the journey at the Keflavík Airport Forecourt, within the ongoing Airport Masterplan, with commercial and visitor amenities, improved car rental facilities and a public transport terminal.
Connecting the airport area to the the municipality of Reykjanesbær across the future logistics hub development of the Diamond Gate, Aðalgata is a mixed-use cluster offering R&D, community, and residential programs within Reyjkanesbaer.
Ásbrú’s proposal builds on the practical plan of the former military base to create distinctive clusters with improved connectivity, more services for the community and industry opportunities. Key sites within Ásbrú can densify into residential and manufacturing clusters, including a new urban centre and the airside area focusing on aviation-related activities.
Building on its strategic location between the port of Helguvík and Keflavik International airport, the area of Helguvík-Bergvík is envisioned as a circular-economy industrial environment, comprising a construction hub and with potential to spearhead energy transition through Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) research facilities within K64.