New research building to rise at Karolinska Institutet in Huddinge
A new modern research centre is to be built for Karolinska Institutet in Huddinge. On 12 December a contract was signed for the new building which will have a surface area of 15 000 sq. m..
“We expect our activities in Huddinge will grow and we’re building for the consequent expansion,” explains Rune Fransson, Director of Innovation and Infrastructure at Karolinska Institutet (KI).
Alongside this new centre, KTH Royal Institute of Technology will erect a building of similar size which will facilitate intensive collaboration between both these two universities and Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge.
Huddinge is already home to KTH’s Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Medical Engineering degree programmes. These take place in co-operation with Karolinska Institutet, and the Center for Techonology in Medicine and Health (CTMH). In this case, KTH and KI work together with Stockholm County Council, responsible for all publicily financed healthcare in Stockholm County.
Above all, it will be those activities associated with the Novum research park, including the Department for Biosciences and Nutrition, which will be moved to the new building. However, other educational and research activities will move there also.
The new research building will be completed by the summer of 2017 if all goes as planned. The actual move to the new building is planned for the autumn of 2017.
The building will be located above the car park for the former Novum Bio City (see illustration). The contract was signed between Karolinska Institutet and TKV Fastighets AB which was awarded the commission for the building. The parties will subsequently agree on the rent levels.
Text: Madeleine Svärd