The Vice-Chancellor has decided to instruct the University Director to enter into the necessary agreements to carry out a feasibility study for the renovation and extension of the building complex that SLU uses in the northwestern part of Campus Alnarp, here referred to as the Western Node.
An overall goal of the project is to create purposeful and representative spaces with good, healthy, and attractive working and studying environments for activities through the renovation and extension of the buildings in the Western Node. The goal is also to bring the activities within SLU in Alnarp closer together for better exchange and collaboration in research and education.
In June 2020, the LTV and S faculties jointly ordered a renovation and extension in Alnarp from SLU Space Management, which also affected the joint operational support. The order started the local planning process, resulting in a proposed scenario. In this scenario, almost all activities are gathered in three nodes, which are expected to create a clearer structure on campus:
- The Castle
- The Eastern Node (Alnarpsgården, including Tornhuset and Agricum)
- The Western Node (Vegetum, Horticum, Biotronen, Navet, and Articum)
The decision on the feasibility study only concerns the buildings in the Western Node, as they are in great need of renovation and some expansion. Additionally, the planned train stop, which will be a new and important destination in Alnarp, will require adjustments in the area.
After the feasibility study, decisions will follow on program work, a decision on the preliminary design, and a decision on implementation. In each stage, the project becomes increasingly defined in its scope, and cost estimates are also made as a basis for rental and investment costs and future decisions. Later on, an order for a feasibility study for local adaptation in the Eastern Node (Alnarpsgården, including Tornhuset and Agricum) and the Castle will also be added.
With the decision on the feasibility study for the Western Node, it becomes possible for the University Director to enter into the necessary agreements with the landlord Akademiska hus so that the feasibility study can be carried out.