New business premises

Last changed: 08 November 2023

SLU's operations in Alnarp are expanding and in need of several business premises. These facilities should be representative of the activities conducted and reflect the sustainability profile of the LTV- and S-faculties. The plans for new/renovated facilities in Alnarp are based on three hubs (noder) that will create a clearer structure on the campus: Västra Noden/the Western hub (Vegetum-Horticum complex), Östra Noden/the Eastern hub (Alnarpsgården/Agricum) and slottet/the Castle.

A good, creative, and collaborative work environment for employees and students needs to be established. New facilities and buildings need to be well-integrated with the overall physical environment in Alnarp, including cultivation areas, landscape facilities, and more, in order to create the best conditions for research, teaching, and collaboration.

The Western Node

The Western Node encompasses the buildings Vegetum, Horticum, Articum, Navet, and Biotronen. Both the renovation of existing spaces and the addition of new facilities are planned here.

In the renovated and extended Western Node, the following institutions will be located:

  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Protection Biology
  • Biosystems and Technology
  • People and Society
  • Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

The Archive is also planned to be located here.

A new building is planned to be constructed, and the proposal includes offices, lecture halls, common areas, and shared laboratories.

A preliminary study in the so-called early stage is underway in 2023 and will be sent for consultation to the departments by the end of the year.
Learn more about the early-stage study.

The Eastern Node

The Eastern Node consists of the buildings Alnarpsgården, Tornhuset, and Agricum.

The planned relocations on campus enable the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning, and Management (LAPF) to come together in Alnarpsgården and Tornhuset. This facilitates and strengthens collaboration both within the department and with students.

Alnarpsgården is shared with the library, the division of Infrastructure. There are also several lecture halls and a studio here.

The Castle

The building currently houses parts of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning, and Management (LAPF) and the Department of People and Society (IMS). In addition to these departments, the Division for Collaboration and Development, SLU Movium, and SLU Holding also operate in the castle.

Both departments plan to leave the castle and relocate their operations to Alnarpsgården (LAPF) and the Western Node (IMS), respectively.

The castle is an important signature building for SLU, and discussions about who and what will occupy the castle besides SLU Movium and SLU Holding have begun. The faculty management, administration, and the Division of Educational Affairs will move in, but there is space for additional operations and functions.


The development of new and renovated facilities is an extensive process with several stages along the way. Below is an overview of the major milestones for the project.

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picture of a time-line

Current events and activities

16 October -27 November

Architect Paul Kvantas' proposal for renovations and expansions to the Western Node is out for consultation at the departments.

13 October

Elaborated presentation of the proposal for renovations and expansions for the heads of department. 

5 October

The proposal was presented to the overarching steering group. 

15 September

Architect Paul Kvanta presented a proposal for renovations and expansions to the Western Node for the heads of department.