Annual report 2015: Infrastructure

As last year, 2015 has been characterised by the planning of the major investments in premises under Strategy 2018. The single largest investment is the construction of Biomedicum and the adjoining building for comparative medicine (KM-B) on the Solna campus. During the year both buildings have grown to full height, even though a lot work remains until completion and occupancy in 2018. The area of the premises will be a total of approximately 55,000 square metres with space for just over 1,600 employees.

The property owner, Akademiska Hus, is investing approximately SEK 3.2 billion, and Karolinska Institutet has signed a 25-year lease. The cost development is under control and the forecasted rental cost is only a few per cent above what was budgeted in June 2012. Five departments on the Solna campus will move into Biomedicum, and most of the buildings that they use today will be vacated by KI and leased out by Akademiska Hus to other operations.

In 2015–2016, the Wargentin building is undergoing various stages of adaption for the KI Biobank. During the year, an assessment concerning the conversion and extension of the Wargentin building was also initiated in order to create grouped premises for electron microscopy in close proximity to Biomedicum.

There are also plans for improved and expanded research premises in Huddinge. These plans concern the new research building Neo and the Future Laboratory project.

In June 2015, a lease was signed for just over 15,000 square metres in Neo (80 per cent of the building), and construction was started with estimated completion in late 2017. The main purpose of Neo is to bring together activities in modern medical research premises in immediate proximity to Karolinska University Hospital so as to facilitate translational research which in the relatively near future can be converted into healthcare and treatment methods. In addition to research facilities, rooms for teaching, conferences and examinations are also being planned in Neo.

Parallel to Neo is the Future Laboratory project, which will completely renovate about 10,000 square metres on several floors in existing premises. The goal is to create modern facilities for research and education that will lead to increased interaction and collaboration between departments and clinics. It is planned that Future Laboratory will be ready for occupancy in stages during 2017 and 2018.

In collaboration with Akademiska Hus, the KI Facilities Office is monitoring the location and design of the egress from the new Metro line with a station at Solnavägen between Karolinska University Hospital and KI. Metro traffic is estimated to begin around 2022.

The work on a detailed development plan for housing in the northern part of the Solna campus has been further delayed due to repeated appeals. The matter has passed the Stockholm County Administrative Board, but is now being appealed at the Land and Environment Court. Occupancy in 2016 is no longer possible but can take place no earlier than late 2017. The intention is for KI to pre-lease all 400 planned apartments and mediate these to visiting research fellows and students via KI Housing.

During the year, a new health promotion centre was completed on the Huddinge campus. In autumn 2015, 1,100 square metres became available to students and staff for various forms of strength and motion training.

The renewal of KI’s learning environments – lecture halls and seminar rooms as well as more informal settings – continued in 2015, mainly in Huddinge. Here, the concept has been taken to a new level in highly creative environments that have been well received by students.

Area and costs of premises 2011–2015
Year Area (sq.m.) Cost (SEK million) Proportion of total cost
2011 200,859 586 11
2012 213,881 667 12
2013 218,870 741 13
2014 220,628 763 13
2015 220,759 754 12

 Costs for premises include rent, electricity, media, cleaning etc. Source: KI real estate system and Agresso.

Annual report