Project overview

On this page, you can read about the ongoing and recently completed development and building projects at Aarhus University.


Ongoing projects:

Renovation of building complex 1870 for Molecular Biology and Genetics, DAN-DRITE and Bioinformatics

  • Description: In 2022, the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics will move into renovated buildings (building complex 1870) in the University City covering a total of 23,724 . This allows the department to bring together its activities from the science park, Foulum and Flakkebjerg in the University City. The research centres Bioinformatics and DANDRITE will also move into the building complex in the future.

    In September 2020, it was decided that AU IT should also move to building complex 1870 during 2022. This means that AU IT will move their activities from their current location at Katrinebjerg in building 5120-5125 to building 1872 in the northern part of the University City. This relocation is part of the large-scale campus development process which will make Katrinebjerg the main hub for engineering and computer science programmes in the future. This will give AU IT a central location in the University City close to the campus areas where they are responsible for IT support in connection with the university’s operations and development. Before the relocation starts, building 1872 will undergo a thorough renovation so the layout of the new premises will be adjusted to AU IT’s needs based on a dialogue with the employees in the unit.

  • Location: Building complex 1870 includes the buildings 1870-1874 and is placed in the northern end of the University City in the area between Trøjborgvej and Nørrebrogade. The building complex will be centrally located in the top of the University City, close to the Northern passage, which will connect the University Park and the University City from 2022.

  • Who will be affected?: Students and employees at the Department of Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, DANDRITE and AU IT who will be the first to use the building complex on a daily basis.

  • Schedule: The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bioinformatics and DANDRITE will move into the building complex during the beginning of 2022 and AU IT in May 2022.

  • Contact: Bent Lorenzen, head of building services, Nat/Tech.

The university teaching development centre – establishment of facilities for the new shared unit

  • Description: The university’s four teaching development centres and the EDU IT unit are to be merged. As of 1 October, there will be a single teaching development centre under the Rector’s Office. The merger will create a stronger framework for teaching development activities.

    The new joint centre will be responsible for supporting teaching staff competency development, assisting and supporting subjects in curricular development and providing guidance and support on teaching development at different levels of management.

    The merger was decided in April 2020 following consultation of all relevant liaison committees as well as affected staff. 

  • Location: The current plan is that the joint Centre for Educational Development will be located in building 1910 and building 1911.

  • Who will be affected?: Projects will affect current staff at the existing four teaching development centres and EDU IT, and most of the staff will be relocated to the new joint centre. In addition, some staff members at Arts and Health, responsible for university teaching development tasks, will also be relocated to the new joint centre. 

  • Schedule: The Centre for Educational Development is currently expected to be ready for use in summer 2021. However, there are a number of unpredictable risks that may affect this.

  • Contact: Paul Behrens, project manager, Construction and Planning. Gustaf Lohm, project manager, Construction and Planning.

New buildings for the Department of Food Science at Agro Food Park – building complex 5910

  • Description: The Department of Food Science was previously located in Årslev and Foulum. In connection with the academic development process in 2011 and the vision plan for the physical development 2010-2028, it was decided to bring together the department’s activities in Aarhus.

    Aarhus University has thus entered into a 15-year lease with Forskningsfondens Ejendomsselskab A/S (FEAS) regarding new buildings at Agro Food Park in Skejby in the northern part of Aarhus. The buildings include offices and laboratories as well as a research green house.

    An agreement has been made for the Department of Food Science to establish an experimental site by Det Grønne Museum on Djursland. This decision means that Aarhus University will leave the current experimental sites in Årslev in 2021.

  • Location: Agro Food Park in Skejby, Aarhus.

  • Who will be affected?: The project affected all students, researchers and employees at the Department of Food Science who were able to move into the new buildings in November 2019. 

  • Schedule: The construction concluded in November 2019, and the Department of Food Science moved into the new facilities during this month as well. The work to establish an experimental site on Djursland is underway. 

  • Contact: Bent Lorenzen, head of building services, Nat-Tech. 

Relocation of Aarhus BSS’ activities at Fuglesangs Allé to the University City

  • Description: The Department of Management and the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, will move from their current location at Fuglesangs Allé to the University City. This will enable Aarhus BSS to locate its activities from Fuglesangs Allé in close proximity to the faculty’s other activities in Aarhus (law, political science and psychology) which will continue to be located in the northeastern corner of the University Park.

    In 2018 BSS carried out a comprehensive user-involvement process in which students and lecturers contributed to specifying the faculty’s future needs, and they have also prepared a number of analyses in order to specify the faculty’s requirements for space. 

    Four turnkey contractor consortia have been selected to come up with a suggestion each for BSS’ future facilities in the University City. The winning project proposal comes from A. Enggaard A/S, AART Architects, LYTT Landscape and NIRAS, who have developed a proposal that is both true to the existing architecture and fulfils the requirements of Aarhus BSS for the facilities in the new buildings. Find out more.

    As part of the project, a lecture theatre with 800 seats will be built. In addition to its main function as a classroom, the lecture theatre will also be used for external events such as conferences and symposiums. The construction of the lecture theatre thus also supports Aarhus University’s business initiative and strategy for an increased collaboration with society.

  • Location: Aarhus BSS’ programmes for management and economics and business economics will move into new and existing buildings in building sections 1790, 1810 and 1830 in the University City. The students will thus be studying in the active study environment which already exists around the University Park. The buildings will have a central location in the University City with direct access to the middle and the existing southern passage connecting the University Park and the University City.

  • Who will be affected?: The relocation will affect employees and students at the Department of Management and the Department of Economics and Business Economics.

  • Schedule: AU will take over the buildings and start moving in during summer 2025. 

  • Contact: Finn Villadsen, project manager, Construction and Planning

Renovation of building 1240 (Bartholin) for the Department of Biomedicine

  • Description: Currently, a large expansion and renovation of the research and teaching facilities at the Department of Biomedicine is taking place. This includes the recently built Skou building (building 1115-1116), which was inaugurated in October 2018. The next project is the renovation of 11,265  in building complex 1240 (Bartholin).

    Renovating the Bartholin complex is part of an extensive overall plan for the Department of Biomedicine at Health. This plan also includes the construction of the Skou Building and a number of relocations between the building complexes 1240, 1160, 1180 and 1233-1234.

    In the future, the complex will house modern, world-class biomedical research. 

  • Location: The Bartholin complex is located by the lakes in the southern part of the University Park. 

  • Who will be affected?: The renovation will affect students and employees at the Department of Biomedicine.

  • Schedule: The renovation of the Bartholin complex began in the spring of 2020, and the new research facilities are expected to be inaugurated in October 2023.

  • Contact: Finn Villadsen, project manager, Construction and Planning

Establishing a hub for sports and activities in the University Park

  • Description: In connection with the development of the university’s physical infrastructure as part of Campus 2.0, the plan is to construct a hub for sports and activities in the University Park. The purpose of the hub is to improve social life at and around the university, and encourage an active, sustainable and health-promoting campus.
    This will include, for example, multi-purpose areas for ball games, beach volley and CrossFit activities. In addition, walking and running paths will tie the campus together via the University Park, the University City and Katrinebjerg.
  • Location: The hub will be located in the University Park’s southwestern corner at the intersection between Kaserneboulevarden and Ny Munkegade.
  • Who will be affected?: The hub will be available for anybody who wishes to use it.
  • Schedule: The hub for sports and activities is still in the planning process.
  • Contact information: Birgitte Mørch Folkmann, project manager, Construction and Planning.

Establishment of passages under Nørrebrogade

  • Description: In order to ensure cohesion between the University Park and the University City, two new passages will be established under Nørrebrogade. At the same time, the existing southern passage by Wilhelm Meyers Allé will be renovated. 

    Based on the wish to keep the identity in terms of materials created by the yellow brick buildings, the passage openings on this side will be made to match these in terms of shape and choice of materials. The same efforts will be made for the openings facing the red buildings in the University City. The architectural design will also be maintained inside the passages. It has been decided that the bricks in the brickwork are to be gradually mixed with bricks that have the colour which characterises the brickwork on the other side of the passage. This is done to make it a beautiful, visual experience to go through the passage in which the architectural details highlight the common thread which characterises the aesthetics of each area.

    All passages will have a footpath and a bike lane. In the planning phase, special emphasis was placed on finding solutions that ensure safety for both pedestrians and cyclists in the passages. Based on recommendations from the consulting engineering company Trafikplan, a number of safety measures and speed reducing measures will be implemented to increase traffic safety.

    As part of the plans for the physical infrastructure, adaptive (flexible) lighting solutions will be incorporated in the project. The aim is to create a campus area which is accessible around the clock, but which also focuses on saving resources and on sustainable solutions. 

    Up to 2025, there will be earthwork and paving work in the University Park and the University City, and stairs, ramps, walls and lighting will be established at the arrival areas by all three entrances to the passages.

  • Location: The northern passage will have an entrance in the University Park from Carl Holst-Knudsens Vej, close to Samfundsfagenes Kantine, building 1321. In the University City, the opening will be placed near the renovated building complex 1870, which the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics will move into in the spring of 2022. The middle passage is built in the University Park close to building 1310 and will lead to an opening approximately in the middle of the University City. The renovated passage in the southern end of the University Park will continue to be located near the Bartholin complex 1240. 

  • Who will be affected?: As part of the physical infrastructure on campus, anyone who passes through the University Park, the University City or who needs to cross Nørrebrogade will benefit from the new passages. 

  • Schedule: The completion of the passages will be coordinated with the dates for when the new buildings in the University City will be put into use.
    • The northern passage is expected to be completed early 2022, when the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics moves into building complex 1870. In September 2020, the job of preparing and opening the northern passage was put out to tender. The construction began at the end of November 2020, and will continue throughout 2021.   
    • The middle passage is expected to be completed in 2025 when Aarhus BSS’ activities at Fuglesangs Allé will be relocated to the University City.
    • The plan is to renovate the existing southern tunnel by Wilhelm Meyers Allé in two stages. In 2023, a terrain adaption will take place in connection with the new square in front of the Bartholin Building, when the renovation work for the Department of Biomedicine is completed. The remaining construction work in the park, including reorganisation of the walking paths, new walls, etc., will be carried out in 2025. At the same time, the large square will be established in the University City, and then the passage will be completed.

  • Contact: Gustaf Lohm, project manager, Construction and Planning & Finn Villadsen, project manager, Construction and Planning 

Technical infrastructure and operations on campus

  • Description:The technical infrastructure and operations track determines the general principles that must be taken into account when planning the shared technical infrastructure – initially in connection with the University City. The aim is to ensure that the standard of the technical infrastructure can be adjusted and be applied across departments/schools.
    Principles must also be established for the physical part of the infrastructure which ensure a defined set of regulations and guidelines for, for example, transport between AU units, waste management, deliveries and mail.
    In the planning of the specific development and building projects related to the physical Campus 2.0 development at Aarhus University, several projects related to the physical and technical infrastructure are in the works. These include: 
    • Solutions for how the University City can continue to receive deliveries, post, waste collection etc. while the area, as part of the ten principles for the university of the future, will be free of regular car traffic.  
    • Plans to establish a mail centre centrally in the University City. This will function as entry and exit point for post and packages for the entire university, thereby reducing the need for cars in the area.
    • Projects that will ensure accessibility and cohesion between the different areas on campus, e.g. through the establishment of two new passages under Nørrebrogade.
    • Projects that will create strategically placed and varied outdoor spaces.
    • Solutions related to e.g. water, heating, electricity, IT, gases etc.
    • Development of ways of using IoT (Internet of Things) for collecting data and converting these into knowledge about specific topics. The goal is innovation and development, and the data will be included in the research project Smart City.
    In addition to the work with technical and physical infrastructure, the track working group must also coordinate the upcoming DGNB certifications in the University City and the University Park. These will ensure that AU’s overall visions, ambitions and goals are anchored in relation to the creation of the documented sustainable buildings that AU want.
  • Location: The work on the technical infrastructure and operations also includes the task of determining the future overall principles for the technical infrastructure in the University Park, the University City and Katrinebjerg. This ensures uniform guidelines across the university. As a first step in this process, the physical infrastructure in the University City is in focus. 

  • Who will be affected?: Both students, employees and citizens who spend their time in the buildings and in the area around the University Park, the University City and Katrinebjerg. 

  • Schedule: The planning of the technical and physical infrastructure began in late August 2019. Since the physical and technical infrastructure in current as well as future projects must be usable in the entire area that constitutes the university’s central campus, it is necessary to plan the project on an ongoing basis. The planning is thus still ongoing without a final end date.  

  • Project manager: Finn Villadsen, project manager, AU Finance and Estates Projects and Development.

Student housing in the University City

  • Description: In 2022, the yellow student halls of residence in the University Park will be joined by a total of 132 new student housing units in the University City on the other side of Nørrebrogade. The former Patient Hotel will be converted into 132 new student residences with room for approx. 170 students, while maintaining the architectural style and spirit of the building. The halls of residence will include approx. 40 1½-2 room units and approx. 92 studio flats.

    With the renovation of the former patient hotel, the future residents will be living centrally in the new University City, which is expected to contribute to a vibrant and active campus environment.

    In addition to the halls of residence, the project also includes a renovation of the existing underground basement under the space in front of the halls of residence. The basement will have room for 1000 bicycles. The bicycle basement is expected to be ready for use in 2025 when the new university main street has been established.

  • Location: The halls of residence will be placed in the middle of the future University City right next to the new main street. The future residents will thus be living right across from Aarhus BSS’ Department of Management and Department of Economics and Business Economics. The departments will be moving from Fuglesangs Allé to the University City in 2025.

  • Who will be affected?: Forskningsfondens Ejendomsselskab (FEAS) is responsible for the rentals, and all residences will be reserved for students at Aarhus University. The 1½-2 room flats will be prioritised for couples, one of whom must be a student at Aarhus University. 

  • Schedule: The renovation of the former patient hotel will begin after the summer holiday 2020. The plan is for the first students to move into the new halls of residence in 2022. Move-in will thus take place at the same time as building complex 1870 will be taken into use by the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. 

  • Contact: Erik Pagaard Nielsen, project director, Forskningsfondens Ejendomsselskab A/S (FEAS) & Charlotte Lyngholm, head of Construction and Planning.

The future location of AU IT

  • Location: Building 1872

  • Who will be affected: AU IT

  • Schedule: The construction schedule has been approved and the planning phase has begun. The project is expected to be ready for use in May 2022.

  • Contact information: Birgitte Mørch Folkmann, project manager, Construction and Planning, and Paul Behrens, project manager, Estates Projects and Development Secretariat.

Development of the Emdrup Campus

Description: In connection with the development of the Emdrup Campus, a working group was established in the autumn of 2017 which was tasked with drafting proposals for a general organisation of the campus areas as well as analysing the space requirements for offices, meeting rooms, teaching facilities, study areas, libraries etc.With a focus on establishing a new cafeteria and improving the study environment, the working group’s efforts have led to two projects: SpiseStedet and MødeStedet(completed). See a visualization of the projects.

In the development of the Emdrup Campus, the ten principles for the university of the future have served as a framework for the planning. Additionally, the work has been based on four development principles aiming to ensure that the Emdrup Campus becomes: inviting, inspiring, engaging and sustainable.

SpiseStedet

  • Description: SpiseStedet is the name of the new cafeteria at the Emdrup Campus, which will be established in connection with the development of the campus. The cafeteria will be equipped with a brand new kitchen and new eating facilities. The project also includes the establishment of a staircase to MødeStedet (the current main hall), which connects building X and building A.  
  • Location: The project is located at Aarhus University’s campus in Emdrup in the northeastern part of Copenhagen. SpiseStedet will be placed in Building X. 
  • Who will be affected?: SpiseStedet will be open to students and employees at the degree programmes at the Emdrup Campus.
  • Schedule: The construction of SpiseStedet began early 2021 and it will be taken into use in spring 2022. The preparations to make room for the project is partly a comprehensive reconstruction of the library and partly an external renovation of building X.
  • Contact: Lars Mitens, head of building services, Arts Estates Facilities or Birgitte Mørch Folkmann, project manager, Construction and Planning.

MødeStedet

The project is completed.

Completed projects:

Campus Emdrup: MødeStedet

MødeStedet

  • Description: MødeStedet is the name of the new study area which has been established in the main hall. The area has been developed with a focus on creating the optimal physical framework for a varied study environment which can support both concentration and project work, as well as social and academic gatherings. 
  • Location: The project is located at Aarhus University’s campus in Emdrup in the northeastern part of Copenhagen. MødeStedet is placed in Building A. 
  • Who will be affected?: MødeStedet is a place for students and employees at the degree programmes at the Emdrup Campus. 
  • Contact: Lars Mitens, head of building services, Arts Estates Facilities or Birgitte Mørch Folkmann, project manager, Construction and Planning.

Establishment of The Kitchen (entrepreneurship hub) in the University City

  • Description: ‘The Kitchen’ is Aarhus University’s new entrepreneurship hub, which first saw the light of day on 5 February 2020. With The Kitchen, Aarhus University wants to make a significant investment within innovation and entrepreneurship. The goal of the project is to create a unifying and attractive environment for Aarhus University’s entrepreneurs. This environment will make it easier to collaborate across faculties and with relevant partners. The entrepreneurship environment is also expected to support communities for knowledge sharing between researchers and employees at Aarhus University, and between current and former students. In addition to being a gathering place that functions as an attractive environment for entrepreneurship and knowledge sharing, The Kitchen also has a café 

  • Location: The Kitchen is temporarily placed in buildings 15 and 16 in the central kitchen of the former Municipal Hospital (hence the name). The plan is for these buildings to be demolished within approx. five years, after which The Kitchen will move to a permanent location in the new University City.

  • Who will be affected?: Anyone with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship are welcome to use The Kitchen’s facilities.

  • Schedule: The Kitchen opened on 5 February 2020.

  • Contact: Gustaf Lohm, project manager, Construction and Planning.