Burmeister and Wain was founded in the middle of the 19th century with a foundry and engine works in Christianshavn but they established a new shipyard at Refshaleøen in 1871 and by the 1930s there were 8,000 people employed in these yards.
The company survived the war and seem to have been very successful through the 1950s and 60s but struggled through the economic challenges of the 1980s and finally closed in 1996.
Since then, buildings have been demolished - air photographs of the area from the 1950s show just how many buildings, yards and docks and quays there were - but one prominent building survives - the looming concrete bulk of the Sektionshaller that can be seen as a clear landmark for visitors on the approach into the harbour - if they arrive by ferry or cruise liner - and the halls can be seen from most places on the inner harbour. That's hardly surprising as the main hall is 65 metres high, 165 metres long and about 60 metres wide.
It was built around 1960 on land claimed from the sea and behind a long line of earlier welding sheds across the west end - the front of the building seen from the harbour - and with a massive dry dock to the east that is about 240 metres long and almost 40 metres wide.
This is now a venue for major concerts and events … the sheds and dock had their moment in a European spotlight when DR (Danish Radio) hosted the Eurovision Song Contest here in 2014 but the music most associated with Refshaleøen is a bit more … well … robust so coming up is Engage on 27th May, Distortion at the beginning of June and Copenhell on the 22nd and 23rd June.