Djurönäset stood ready to receive its first guests in the autumn of 1979. PTK wanted to create the best possible conditions for training, and had organised an architectural competition. The winning design had been drawn by Anders Thalberg of the ELLT architectural agency (which subsequently became The White architects).
The competition entry was entitled “Frisk luft” (in English: “Fresh Air”) and was intended to stimulate creativity, a zeal for work, and well-being, based on the idea that we perform better when we are active and can breathe fresh air.
Seregården was built in 1980 to meet an ever-increasing demand. The building is named after Ingvar Seregard, Principal Secretary of PTK at the time. The need for suitable premises of high quality continued to grow, and thus a seventh building was added in the middle of the 1980s, completing the facility.
The buildings have, of course, undergone continual renovation, and architect Erik Ahlsén has been consulted for the work. The most recent work was carried out in 2006-2007, with the aid of interior designer Karina Björk. The hotel rooms and meeting rooms are decorated with images taken from the surroundings, printed on linen, by artist Gudrun Walla.
Djurönäset remains in the ownership of the PTK educational foundation, and has built up long experience in everything from training courses, kick-off activities and management conferences to congresses with their associated arrangements and activities. Djurönäset is one of just over 100 facilities in Sweden selected by Svenska Möten – a conference booking company.
The hotel became a Nordic Eco labelled hotel as early as 2001, when the importance of working with and for the environment was realised. It was awarded security classification under the stringent requirements of SAFE Hotels in 2008.