For hundreds of years the banks of the Drammen River were characterised by river transport. Today the traditional industries have more or less disappeared, and many of the former factory sites are now being converted into residential areas Union Brygge and business parks.
The area around Union has undergone the most extensive development work, including cultural arenas, small and innovative companies, a scince park, a new library and a built-up residential area. Between the Science Park (Papirbredden) and Drammen Park there is a pedestrian bridge called Ypsilon (built by Ruukki Construction).
The former factory sites that lie a few hundred metres to the west of Strømsø town centre are also soon to be given a new lease of life.
All of these will eventually blend together to form a combination of new and exciting architecture side by side with the venerable factory halls that have been adapted to meet modern demands for functionality by the enterprises involved.
Papirbredden, a unique environment of knowledge offering University College education, R&D activities, Library, knowledge-based companies and innovation partners.
The-state-of-the-art library covers three floors, all with easy access. The Library offers everything from children´s books, literature of all kinds to the latest research databases.
To give users the broadest possible range of library services, three libraries have joined forces: The City Library of Drammen, The County Library of Buskerud County and Buskerud College Library.
The students can enjoy themselves in first-class practice-rooms, auditoriums and labs. Papirbredden comprises three different university colleges. In addition, the Papirbredden Career Centre is on the ground floor.