The information meeting on 20 June certainly gave us some insight into the enormity of the Campus Alnarp development project. There are thousands of issues to investigate and decide on, something that will inevitably take time. We will need to take one step at a time, sometimes strides and sometimes baby steps.
To assist in their work, the campus development group has enlisted the help of various expert groups of engaged staff members. A number of workshops have also been held on the themes learning environments, office environments and laboratory environments with the participation of Akademiska Hus, the Group for Sustainable Academic Leadership (GAHL) and consultants.
The train now arriving...
Not only will each step of the development of Campus Alnarp take time, history has taught us that there is also a challenge synchronising the efforts of the three main stakeholders: SLU, Lomma Municipality and Akademiska Hus.
Now, however, it has been confirmed that trains will be stopping at Alnarp from the end of 2026. So, how are we to utilise this positive development to develop our campus? What sights do we want to greet those arriving at the station? How will people find their way to campus and how will they understand that they have arrived at a world-class university?
Four guiding principles have emerged from the various workshops and discussions to serve as guidelines for the ongoing project:
They say that all good things come in threes and we have learned three lessons from three architects/landscape architects from different specialities: Kiss (2012), Desvigne (2020) and Mareld (2022). In brief, these three lessons are that we need to:
- impose structure to secure the entire campus area;
- open up and remove barriers to obtain a better overview and improve orientation;
- connect the campus by integrating/activating “resting” areas;
- connect outdoors to indoors by developing links to outdoor education, work, research facilities and test beds;
- create a campus that integrates academia, business and homes – an important ambition but one that needs to be accomplished without risking the conditions for SLU’s research and education activities; and
- develop a holistic concept if we are to develop the individual components.
Where are we now?
Our aim now is to study and design the campus environment from a holistic perspective and conduct further detailed landscape analyses. For example, decisions are required regarding the location of new buildings/extensions and on the design of the area around the railway station.
Akademiska Hus and SLU will soon be appointing a joint doctoral student who will assist by carrying out international studies and comparisons of green, vibrant campuses as sources of inspiration.
The organic fields in Alnarp will be relocated and a selection of plants from Balsgård will be moved to Alnarp. Suitable locations are currently being evaluated.
The bus station in Alnarp has been renamed Campus Alnarp.
Akademiska Hus is investing in Alnarp! A new facility was recently built for the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen) and the aquifer system is almost complete, with final inspection due to take place during week 35.
Things are going well for students at Alnarp Farm, where operations are developing and expanding, doing wonders for the image of SLU in Alnarp.
What happens now?
A few samples of current activities:
- The building project is entering the next phase, intensive discussions – SLU Buildings
- New furniture for the restaurant veranda and sponsored furniture for Alnarpsgården.
- Pergola in the park – a gift to SLU Alnarp from Architects Sweden, this pergola was built for the H22 City Expo and is based on Per Friberg’s original design for the Helsingborg Exhibition of 1955 (H55).
- Digital information screens on campus will display information about what we are working on and visualise maps.
- Vegetation development.
- Budget for 2023.
After the presentation, questions were invited from the audience. Among other things, concerns were raised about whether we can deal with the pressure for more housing once the new railway station is built, whether farmland was threatened, if consideration had been given to fencing off parts of the park to protect valuable plants, the need for more services of various kinds and who will finance these. These are important issues that are being monitored in various ways.
A new avenue?
Now that Sundsvägen is to become a dead-end street, will we be able to build a more impressive avenue between campus and the railway station?
“Alnarp was created as a model for an agricultural community. We should bear this in mind in our ongoing work; we definitely have the potential to establish a model for a modern, green campus,” says Karl Lövrie.
This is a summary of the information meeting held by Margit Nothnagl, Karl Lövrie and Sara Kyrö Wissler of the campus development group in June 2022.
Text: Anette Neldestam Larsson.