“New Ångström is an important investment in the future. With this project we solve our expansion needs, create a fantastic educational environment and integrate IT research under the same roof.” – Former Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson
When Ångström Laboratory was built 20 years ago, the idea was to bring together the operations of physics, chemistry and technology into one building. This marked the start of developing the strong research and education environment that Ångström Laboratory is today. But as operations continue to expand, a shortage of premises has become a reality. The neighbouring Department of Information Technology at ITC also needs premises better suited to research and teaching. The disciplinary research domain of technology and the natural sciences also envisioned creating a unique interdisciplinary environment with the goal of attracting internationally prominent researchers, engendering cross-sector collaborations with industry and society, and attracting additional distinguished individuals to an already attractive environment.
This has led to “New Ångström” – the largest construction project in Uppsala University’s history – involving the construction of two new buildings totalling 30,000 square metres (Building 9 and Building 10) and extensive relocations to optimise operations in Ångström Laboratory’s existing premises.
As a first step the project will expand the existing Ångström Laboratory with another wing to the south (Building 9). A new entrance building in front of the current structure will be the next step. The Department of Information Technology will move from ITC to this building, number 10 at Ångström. The building will also contain a reception, café, meeting areas and a common atrium in the middle of the building. The physical environment will support whatever pedagogy is chosen in the future, both in terms of teaching premises and meeting places.
Modern educational premises, learning environments and student spaces
Above all, the new building is an investment in the educational environment of the future. Students, teachers and educational researchers have been involved in the planning process. Other important goals for New Ångström include stimulating interdisciplinary approaches and new meetings within the University, attracting internationally prominent researchers and creating cross-sector collaborations with industry and society.
“Since we live in an increasingly digitised world, bringing the University’s highly successful IT research closer to other Ångström research is absolutely the right way to go,” says Vice-rector of Science and Technology Johan Tysk. It will become a modern, creative, educational environment where students, teachers and researchers can transcend subject boundaries.”
According to the preliminary schedule, occupancy in the south wing (Building 9) is expected for autumn of 2020 and in the new building (Building 10) for spring of 2022.
The decision to carry out the New Ångström project was made in the autumn of 2017 after careful deliberation. Here is what has happened so far:
- Uppsala University conducted a pilot study to determine the prerequisites for the project and to select architect partners. Four architects came up with proposals for designs, and the proposal from PE Teknik & Arkitektur (previously Temagruppen) won the competition.
- An architectural brief was drawn up that briefly described the University’s requirements for the buildings. More than 50 employees and about 10 students became directly involved in this process, with access to all materials.
- The project management work started in the autumn of 2015 and finished in July 2016.
- The Faculty Board decided to recommend the Vice-Chancellor and the University Board to make a decision on the implementation of the project.
- 21 November 2017: The Vice-Chancellor green lights the investment in New Ångström
- 15 December 2017: Akademiska Hus’s Board approves implementation of the project
- 2 October 2018: Groundbreaking ceremony for New Ångström – Building 10
Schedule for New Ångström (stage 4)
Given the scope of the New Ångström project, time delays cannot be excluded. The following dates represent the earliest estimates; delays or revised order of deliveries can affect all dates, especially for occupancy.
Schedule for Building 9
- Construction document stage through June 2018
- Groundwork: May – November 2018
- Framework: October 2018 – March 2019
- Framework completion: March 2019 – March 2020
- Tests and inspections: April – June 2020
- UU expects to take over the building in July 2020
- Moving in is planned for October 2020
Schedule for Building 10
- Construction document stage through June 2019
- Groundwork: September 2018 – September 2019
- Framework: June 2019 – February 2020
- Framework completion: March 2020 – August 2021
- Tests and inspections: September – November 2021
- UU expects to take over the building in December 2021
- Moving in is planned for March 2022
Explore New Ångström
The clip shows a 3D-model created by PE Teknik and Arkitektur AB.
Floor plans – See preliminary floor plans for the upcoming Buildings 9 and 10
Panoramic views from Building 10 (opens in a new window) – See panoramic sketches from inside Building 10
- The auditorium extends between floor 0 and K1
– View from the upper part of the auditorium, floor 0
– View from teaching site in the auditorium, floor K1
- Lecture hall for 180 students on floor 1.
- Atrium, floor 1
- Atrium, floor 6, view from the balcony
Webcams (opens in a new window) – Follow the construction via NCC Construction’s webcams