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- published 10 May 2023
The Faculty of Medicine’s new building Forum Medicum on Sölvegatan is now ready for move-in. Forum Medicum is a new knowledge centre that connects the old BMC premises with a new building that offers 16,000 square metres of new space. The building is one of Akademiska Hus’ and Lund University’s biggest ever joint investments.
The new building contains functional premises for education, research and offices. Forum Medicum is designed to make possible new forms of collaboration between the faculty’s education in medicine, health and care. As a result of Forum Medicum, the Faculty of Medicine will be leaving the Health Science Center on Baravägen. The new space will be able to host 4,000 students, researchers and other members of staff. The faculty will also be more accessible to Kunskapstråket (the Knowledge Highway) and make the area more inviting.
“This new building will enable us to create new encounters and collaborations between the faculty’s different research teams, but also with other organisations, due to its proximity to the hospital and the University’s other faculties,” says Kristina Åkesson, dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
The new building will also be home to a large restaurant, a café and plenty of spaces to study. There are also ultramodern teaching spaces that will enable new ways of teaching.
“This is not just a building, but a tool for the Faculty of Medicine. Together we have created modern, world-class premises,” says Lena Åberg, project manager at Akademiska Hus.
Key facts about Forum Medicum
Building work started on Forum Medicum in May 2020, and the total area is 21 000 square metres (includes 12,000 square metres of new space and the renovation of 9,000 square metres of the Biomemical Centre (BMC)) on Sölvegatan in Lund. Together with the existing buildings BMC (35 000 square metres) it becomes a total square metres of 57 000, Which is the University's largest joint center.
About 4000 students and emloyees will work and study in the premises.
Henning Larsen Architects are the architects.
The project, which was been finished before schedule and to budget, is one of Akademiska Hus’ and Lund University’s biggest ever joint investments.
Forum Medicum has achieved the highest environmental building classification – Gold level, which means that the building has low energy consumption. The project has also focused actively on reducing its climate impact through the reuse of materials such as outdoor pavers and stone dust, as well as not using cabins for the builders but housing them instead within the premises.