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University of Basel

All systems go for new biomedicine building

Visualization of the new building for the Department of Biomedicine, view from Metzerstrasse. (Rendering: Burckhardt+Partner)
Visualization of the new building for the Department of Biomedicine, view from Metzerstrasse. (Rendering: Burckhardt+Partner)

The University of Basel is expanding its Schällemätteli campus with a new research building for its Department of Biomedicine. Planning permission has been granted, the agreement with the sole contractor has been signed, and the loan guarantee is in place. In other words, everything is ready for construction to begin in Fall 2023.

02 May 2023

Visualization of the new building for the Department of Biomedicine, view from Metzerstrasse. (Rendering: Burckhardt+Partner)
Visualization of the new building for the Department of Biomedicine, view from Metzerstrasse. (Rendering: Burckhardt+Partner)

In the Department of Biomedicine, academics and scientists from the field of basic medical research and the university hospitals work side by side to understand the causes of diseases, improve diagnoses and develop new treatment methods. A new laboratory building is to be constructed for this research on the University of Basel’s Life Sciences Campus and is due to be completed by 2031.

The project was awarded to the Swiss construction company Implenia as sole contractor following a public call for tenders in September 2022. The contract for the work and labor has been signed.

About the project

A new building for the University of Basel’s Department of Biomedicine DBM is being constructed on the Schällemätteli Life Sciences Campus, close to the university hospitals and other research institutions. DBM currently has about 70 research groups, spread across five sites. The project will bring them together under one roof.

The new building will have a floor area of more than 35,000 square meters and provide space for 900 staff and 200 students. With its cutting-edge facilities, the new addition will strengthen Basel’s international competitiveness by making it even more attractive and productive as a research and science hub.

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