DTU has signed with the team to build the new DTU Chemical Engineering

Wednesday 30 Aug 17


Sune Aros Borch
Project Manager
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DTU has chosen Hoffmann, MOE, Mikkelsen Arkitekter and Link Arkitektur as the team drawing the new research- and educational building for DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Lyngby Campus.

The new building at approximately 5,200 m2 means that DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, which is growing in terms of both staff and research results, is able to expand the framework for research, education, and innovation. The building will contain pilot halls, laboratories, classrooms, workshop spaces, as well as office spaces and common facilities.

Total enterprise with negotiation

The project was put out to tender as a turnkey contract with negotiation to ensure early involvement from all parts. Therefore, during the last months, the DTU CAS developers have had opportunity to engage in dialogue with the prequalified teams and discuss the task before their final bid was submitted.

“We are happy with the tender model which, in our opinion, creates the best opportunities for a constructive cooperation between architect, engineer, and entrepreneur. We have now chosen a strong team that we are looking forward to working with in drawing and actualizing an outstanding research building for DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering’s activities,” says Project Manager Sune Aros Borch from DTU CAS.

At Hoffmann there is also great satisfaction with the early involvement:

“We greatly value being involved in the projecting phase and it has been an exciting process where we have reach the right solutions and found the outline for the further process together. The value of the project is increased by the presence of all relevant resources from the start,” says Managing Director at Hoffmann Torben Bjørn Nielsen.

Large scale laboratories

A big part of the building will be containing pilot halls, meaning large scale laboratories, and especially the large scale part demands special competences of the team.

“It is a very interesting and engineer-wise demanding challenge to project a building with facilities where the users bring fundamental research from the lab via pilot plants with semi-industrial scale to industrial use,” says Head of Department at MOE Kim Leander Hoegh.

DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering’s main activities lies within product design, process design, and production in the chemical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, and energy technological industries. The department has its main competences in research and research-based education and innovation, and a considerable demand from the industry to expand the work in the main areas is felt.

Pilot halls and laboratories are therefore to be designed and equipped to handle experiments with biomass, bio-fuel, fermentation, pharmaceutical production, particle technology, organic solvents, and high temperature and gasification experiments. The laboratories should achieve a GMO 1 classification. Furthermore, one of the pilot halls and two laboratories should achieve GMO 2 classification.

The new build will be joined with existing buildings in order to create coherence in the overall complex.

“It is an interesting challenge for the team of architects as demanding functional features and integration of large rooms with pilot halls and more will impact on the forming of the new build,” says Director Sig Mikkelsen of Mikkelsen Arkitekter.

The building is located in the Northern part of 2nd quadrant of the DTU campus in Lyngby. An area that in these years is being strengthened and densified with several large new builds, supporting DTU as an international top-class university with state of the art research facilities and innovation conductive spaces of learning.

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