Site study for developing Kristineberg Marine Research Station
Over the course of three months, the University of Gothenburg and Akademiska Hus have jointly produced a site study for the area surrounding Kristineberg Marine Research Station. The purpose of the study was to establish current status regarding the conditions of the site and the buildings and, additionally, how the station can be developed to meet future needs. The report is now published on the Kristineberg website.
Kristineberg Marine Research Station is one of the university's joint research infrastructures and is located on the Gullmarsfjord in Lysekil municipality in central Bohuslän. It is one of the oldest marine research stations in the world and was run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences during the first 130 years. In 2008 the University of Gothenburg took over the operation and Akademiska Hus bought the properties from the Academy.
The station is run by the Marine Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg, but several of the researchers active at the station are from other universities and institutes, and new projects provide opportunities for the development of the station. For example, Kristineberg Center for Marine Research and Innovation is an initiative where the University of Gothenburg, together with several other universities and research institutes, as well as Lysekil Municipality, are developing a new collaborative environment for research, education and innovation. The starting point of the site study concentrates on the work of Kristineberg Center on developing this initiative; examines the requirements at the station today and for the future, and also interprets the need for development of the physical environment.
The site study discusses three potential development scenarios for the physical site, all of which assume that the existing facilities are first further optimized, before new construction work is realized.
“It’s a beautiful, but sensitive environment, and it is of course important to develop the site carefully. Sustainability and environmental aspects are an important part of both the work of the University and Akademiska Hus," says Henrik Mortensen, strategic real estate developer at Akademiska Hus, and project leader in the site study.
The scenarios presented in the study are not fully explored and neither scenario is prioritized over the others. The next natural step would be to study the utilization of the localities, based on the site study's vision, goals and scenarios.
"We’ve had a great project management and way of working, and I am very pleased with the study," says Peter Tiselius, station manager at Kristineberg.
“And the fact that it came about shows that both the University of Gothenburg, centrally, and Akademiska Hus have an active interest in the station's continued development. A new study has just started, looking into how Kristineberg Center should be formally organized. It will be finished in time for a meeting planned in October, with the vice chancellors and executives of the partners of Kristineberg Center. We’re now looking forward to the next step."
BY: Linda Svanberg
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