A new Medical Biological Centre, a new building for the police education, almost a thousand student flats, a new gymnasium, a day care centre. In the next few years a lot will happen in the area around campus, the so-called "Universitetsstaden".
This week, a delegation from the European Ruggedised project, a project for sustainable solutions, has visited Umeå and not least Campus Umeå. Lisa Redin at the Building Office is leading the Umeå University side of the project.
The new cargo bike pool U-bike on Campus Umeå has now been inaugurated. Interest for cargo bikes was large during the opening ceremony at the Welcome Fair and was celebrated with speeches and cake.
Every day, about 5,000 cyclists move on and through Campus Umeå. Making it safer and easier for bike traffic is an important part of the campus development plan established by the University Board last year. SEK 3 million is now being put into a so-called cycle superhighway in the area. Also, the bike crossing on Petrus Laestadius väg will be made safer.
Umeå University Campus Park with its outdoor seatings in different levels and a floating jetty around the central pond is one of Sweden’s most successful landscaping projects. This according to the international Landscape Architects Network.
On Tuesday, the first sod was turned for a new Medical Biology Centre (MBC) at Umeå University. When the oldest building on campus, the Biology Building from 1961, is now being extended and rebuilt, frontier research at the Faculty of Medicine will be positioned under the same roof.
The construction of new accommodation has really kicked off in Umeå, especially the building of small rental apartments. In 2015–2016, nearly 2,000 apartments are being built in and around Umeå of which many are one-room or two-room apartments. Up until 2018, there are plans of completing another couple of thousand accommodations on and around Campus Umeå. About 700 of them will be devoted to students.
"I have long since said that campus should be more densely built upon, with a combination of accommodation and other buildings. Having a campus without accommodation is rare on an international scale, where a blend of buildings with various purposes is usually standard,” says Professor Lars Westin, director of Cerum, Centre for Regional Science at Umeå University.
In spring 2016, the first sod will be cut for the new building devoted to the police students at Umeå University. When the longed-for building is in place in autumn 2017, the Basic Training Programme for Police Officers that started in 2000 can finally move all their premises to Campus Umeå.
The Biology Building - one of the oldest buildings on campus – will be transformed into an attractive research environment in which experimental and translational research from various scientific disciplines within the Faculty of Medicine are unified into a Medical Biological Centre.
Campus development plan
The work on general principles for campus development started in 2012, and a new campus development plan was decided upon by the University management in September 2015.
One starting point was Umeå Municipality's revised city planning; another the need for a more flexible approach as the requirements for education and research premises are constantly changing.
Add to that a desire for a more vivid campus – more of a mix between academic areas, apartments, commerce, meeting points and office spaces.
Image: Green Umeå