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Possible design in the east direction from Teknikens hus along the Rainbow Hall. Photo: White View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Planning proposal for a new multi-storey university building

Published: 30 January 2020

Now the planning proposal for a new block in the university area in Luleå goes out for consultation. Akademiska Hus, together with the municipality of Luleå, in collaboration with Luleå University of Technology, has produced a new proposal on a detailed plan of the so-called D-house district.

– We see the local plan as the starting point for the more solid planning work for the new house. It feels good that we can now begin to concrete the visions and wishes that have emerged in the target image work, Veronika Sundström says, Head of Professional Services at Luleå University of Technology.

Together with Luleå University of Technology, we want to build for the future. Many of the buildings in the university area have been there since the 1970s and there is a need to both renovate and modernize parts of the area, Peter Bohman, says, Market Area Director at Akademiska Hus.

The proposed local plan, that Akademiska hus has sent to the municipality of Luleå, allows for the construction of 2-5 floors, which will mainly contain teaching and research premises that interact and blend in with the area's other environments. A new building with higher volumes and generous entrances would mean that bright, flexible hubs are created in the neighborhood while transparent facades can showcase the operations and provide contact between the university's interior and exterior environments.

–Together with Luleå University of Technology, we want to build for the future. Many of the buildings in the university area have been there since the 1970s and there is a need to both renovate and modernize parts of the area, Peter Bohman, says, Market Area Director at Akademiska Hus.

Open up for more businesses
The proposed local plan also provides space for offices and commercial services such as cafés and restaurants within the planning area. In this way, Akademiska Hus wants to have the opportunity to add premises that even more connect the university area with Luleå Science Park and Porsö center.

– Exactly what businesses could move to the area if the new detailed plan is implemented is too early to say. But our goal is to create meeting places for students, researchers, the business community and the public who today have no counterpart and can make the area even more vibrant, Peter Bohman, says.

Akademiska Hus has previously applied for and received the demolition permit granted by the municipality of Luleå for the older parts of the D-house. Demolition work is expected to begin after summer 2020.