30 June 2010

Niels Bohr Science Park: The future home of science research

Niels Bohr Science Park 

Even the sharpest minds need a roof over their head. On June 30, it was revealed that an advisory team from Ramboll Denmark won the international project competition for the design of the new buildings for the brand new Niels Bohr Science Park at the University of Copenhagen. The science park will house the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Science, which features the internationally recognised Niels Bohr Institute.

To remain internationally competitive the University of Copenhagen must offer new, modern laboratories and classrooms to serve scientific research and education. The Danish University and Property Agency and the University of Copenhagen have held an international project competition between five renowned and prequalified advisory teams. Ramboll Denmark won the competition and will now be responsible for a 45,000 square meter state-of-the-art project of the highest international university standards.

"We must bring together the business community, scientific research, education and city life in new ways, to better share knowledge and promote more attractive academic environments," says Denmark's Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Charlotte Sahl-Madsen.

Niels Bohr would be proud

One of the main reasons for constructing new buildings is to bring together the many scientific fields that are becoming more and more interdisciplinary. The new Niels Bohr Science Park aims to accomplish this goal.

"Niels Bohr would have been proud of this project. Besides bringing the laboratories up to speed, the new buildings and the winning project live up to the high demands that future educational and research environments require of their academic settings. The project gathers the research fields in an open and internationally oriented way. This provides the perfect setting for producing scientific breakthroughs," says University of Copenhagen Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

Construction starts 2013

Construction of the Niels Bohr Science Park will start in 2013 and the project is expected to be completed in two stages in 2014 and 2015. Ramboll Denmark won the competition in collaboration with the following sub-consultants: Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Christensen & Co Architects, GHB Landscape Architects, Ramboll Sweden, Ramboll UK, and Collin Gordon and Associates, USA.