Today Koppardalen is an iconic part of Avesta. Close to the city, it is a centre for companies, the arts, research and development.
Koppardalen, Copper Valley, is an industrial site with a history stretching back to the 17th century that lies along the banks of the Dalälven between the roads into the city centre from trunk road 70. Until 1938 it was the site of the roasting ovens and blast furnaces of the Axel Johnsson Group. The buildings in this area have been carefully restored over the years and The Works is just one part of the first section of the Koppardalen district.
Next door to The Works is Kopparhallen, the Copper Hall, which has been converted to a modern sports centre. The historical industrial remains have been carefully preserved as part of the interior and the overhead crane is the first thing you’ll notice when you come to watch handball, floorball or volleyball. This year the outer area of Kopparhallen forms the grounds for the family musical show Diggiloo which is being held in Avesta for the third year in a row.
The other part of Koppardalen consists of a business park with an impressive variety of tenants ranging from the R&D department of OutoKumpu Stainless AB, OKQ8’s customer service centre, Karl Hedin’s timber houses, MAEK’s Rehab & Keep-fit Centre, Avesta Park and Gerdens etc.