Delayed moving into our new building
At the turn of last month, the point in the construction process was passed where Akademiska Hus would specify the date for moving into our new building. The announcement is that moving in will not be possible in the summer of 2026. It will probably be delayed by a year. The reason for the delay is that the work with excavation and blasting for the Swedish Transport Administration's station entrance has been more difficult than expected.
"The fact that the move-in date once again is being moved forward naturally entails extensive negative consequences for our research and education. Employees and students have patiently adapted to the fact that the operations since 2020 have been conducted on a construction site. Now we have to hold out for a while longer and minimise the damage the delay leads to," says Per Cramér, Dean, School of Business, Economics and Law.
“In normal projects, we have had time to get the frame in place when it is time to give notice of the move-in date. In this project, work on the 25-meter-deep shaft has taken longer than expected. Despite the geological investigations carried out by the Swedish Transport Administration, we encountered surprises along the way, which affected how quickly the blasting work could proceed. We have also had very strict requirements regarding how little groundwater is allowed to seep in. This has meant careful and time-consuming work to make the shaft tight,” says Jan Henningsson, project manager at Akademiska Hus.
The work of blasting and excavating the shaft is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2024. After that, work will begin to build the entrance to Station Haga. Just in time for the turn of the year 2024/2025, work on the building itself is estimated to be able to begin on top of the station entrance. To gain time, work has already begun with casting in the shallower part of the shaft.
"The fact that the project is further delayed means that we are entitled to compensation for how it affects our operations. Together with the University of Gothenburg, the management of the School has an ongoing negotiation about how we will be compensated," says Per Cramér.