30 August 2012

Sod turned on groundbreaking research tower

North Campus

The University of Copenhagen turned the sod today on an expansion of the Panum building complex at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. When completed in 2015, the Faculty will have a new 15-storey research tower and green spaces.

“Over the next three years we will be watching a dream become reality. The new facilities will allow the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences to maintain its position as a global leader in research in areas such as lifestyle diseases, geriatrics, immunology and cardiovascular disease,” says Dean Ulla Wewer.

Illustration af det nye Panum set fra Blegdamsvej. Ved brug krediter venligst: Københavns Universitet, Arkitektfirmaet C. F. Møller, visualisering af Mir.

Illustration of new Panum Tower
as seen from Blegdamsvej.

Built in the 1970s and expanded in the 1980s, Panum has faced a severe capacity shortage in recent years. With the new expansion, faculty and students will have access to state-of-the-art labs and instructional facilities, as well as amenities such as underground bicycle parking and a new canteen. The construction will also see the addition of green spaces, a football pitch, a new plaza and an observation platform on the top floor of the research tower.

“By expanding our facilities we will be able to educate more students and we will be able to attract the world’s best researchers. The Panum Tower will become an emblem of the government’s ambition to place the nation’s education institutions among the best in the world,” says Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard.

The honour of the first sod-turning was given to five individuals: Lidegaard; Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the chair of the A.P. Møller Foundation; Ninna Thomsen, Copenhagen’s Health and Care Mayor; University of Copenhagen Rector Ralf Hemmingsen; and Dean Ulla Wewer.

Construction has been made possible thanks in part to a donation from the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, which contributed about half of the project’s funding. Additional funding comes from a set-aside in the 2010 national budget for renovation of university laboratories. The Danish Building and Property Agency is responsible for co-ordinating development of the new Panum Institute.

Room for research, space for learning

The new Panum Tower was designed by Danish architects C.F. Møller in collaboration with Rambøll Consulting Engineers and SLA landscape architects.

With its 15 storeys, the main tower will become a landmark not just for the University, but for the entire city. Although clearly defined, the new facilities are intended to become an integral part of the surrounding cityscape.

As part of the design process, students and faculty were invited to contribute suggestions for making the building as user-friendly as possible.

“It was my ambition all along that the building would be much more inspirational for the people working and studying there than the existing concrete edifice is. It is my hope that the new facility can be updated by the generations of students to come to meet their needs,” says Signe Glargaard, a medical student and a representative of the student and faculty group making suggestions about the building’s design.

The new building is a part of the North Campus development, which is intended as a corridor linking Copenhagen University Hospital, De Gamles By nursing home, Fælledparken commons and businesses in the city’s Nørrebro district.

See project proposal for the expansion of Panum in the video above.

For more information, please contact:

Acting Head of Communications Charlotte Aabo
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Tel.: +45 24 95 97 31