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Illustration av den kommande nya byggnaden på Vasagatan
Den nya byggnaden beräknas vara klar 2024.
Photo: Johannes Norlander Arkitektur
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The School is getting a new building

A new building will replace the previous brick buildings in the School's block on Vasagatan 1. The new building is planned to be completed in 2025.

An attractive place for studies, research and meetings.

With the new building, the School will get an international cutting-edge learning environment on the international forefront, where research and education can be developed to meet the needs of society, and where faculty, staff and students will flourish and enjoy working, studying and spending time. The new building also makes it possible to gather all departments at one address.

There will be an entrance to the Västlänken Station Haga integrated in the building, which makes the School and the University an even clearer part of the city.

The new building is planned to be completed in 2025. Serneke is building on behalf of the property owner Akademiska Hus. The University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law) then rents the premises

The operations is going on as usual

During the construction period, the operations at the School will continue largely as usual, but it will not be possible to build a new building without affecting the ongoing operations. The project will inevitably lead to disturbances, such as noise, which we, together with Akademiska Hus and the contractor Serneke, strive to minimize. For example, the most disturbing parts will take place when there is no activity in the School.

Architect competition in 2014

The property owner, Akademiska Hus, called for an architect competition in June 2014. The first step attracted 73 contributions from all over Europe. Of these 73, six architect teams were chosen to move on to step two.

In March 2015 “Annex” by Johannes Norlander Arkitektur + Arup was announced as the winner.

Timeline

  • The new building is being built by Serneke on behalf of Akademiska Hus. The construction work will cause disruptions in our work environment, but every effort is made to minimize these. It is difficult to anticipate any challenges that may arise. Scheduling will change over time, and estimated times for different work efforts may also change.
  • In the spring of 2020, the brick buildings at Vasagatan 1 were demolished. Prior to that, operations located in the buildings had been given new premises. Campus Service and IT moved to rebuilt appropriate premises on level D3. The student union HHGS moved its office premises to L2, and L3 was converted into a pub.
  • In the summer of 2020, the noisy work of putting down sheet piling in the ground was carried out, and the excavation work began.
  • Autumn 2020 - summer 2025. Construction work is carried out. After working almost 30 meters into the ground, work begins on the part of the building that will be the connection to Station Haga. In the summer of 2022 they have reached ground level and are starting to build what will become our new building. In the summer of 2025 we move in and then we celebrate our new premises.
    News October 13 2020: Extended schedule for the School's new building

Actions for limiting disturbances

It is not possible to build a new house without affecting the ongoing operations. The work at the School must follow the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines for noise, NFS 2004:15 (link in Swedish). In most parts of the School, disturbance impact is judged to be low. The J-house and the part of the E-house which is closest to the building area will be more affected. Most affected are the parts of the School that are closest to the construction site. The project management and the Heads of departments work together on how this should be handled.

  • Serneke will use a method to get shaft masses out of the site that makes as little noise as possible. The shaft masses are loaded on flatbeds at the bottom of the pit. These are then lifted and loaded onto trucks. Trucks will leave the School every fifteen minutes.
     
  • School accessibility will be adequate during construction.
     
  • When the brick buildings were demolished, we lost a number of lecture halls. This is offset by more efficient use of other halls at the School. Investigations show that our utilization of lecture halls is only around 40% today. The first few weeks of the semester are the pressure on the halls, especially the big ones, the biggest, but there will be room for all lectures and seminars. In order to facilitate planning, new principles for booking of the rooms have been established.
     
  • Every two weeks, information letters will be sent to all staff. The letter tells us what will happen in the near future, and in the slightly longer term. Students are informed by e-mail a few times during the semester, and when it is needed. The Student Union also contributes to passing on building information to the students. The information is also published on the web, accessible to everyone. Information meetings will be held, probably for both staff and students.
     
  • Campus service informs Serneke of extraordinary bookings of the premises, such as events and fairs, and Serneke takes these into account, when possible, when planning their work.
     
  • It is important that we conduct active and proactive health and safety work, in which our work environment representatives have an important role to play. At faculty level, this work will be coordinated within the framework of the local work environment committee, LAMK.
     
  • The work environment representatives for the students are the Head of Education within the Student Union (primary) or the President (secondary).