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Akademiska Hus invests for NordGen on Campus Alnarp

Monday, 28 September 2020

Flygfoto över Campus Alnarp.

Akademiska Hus is investing about SEK 67 million in a new building for the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen) in Alnarp. The campus will thereby strengthen its position as a unique green meeting place for world-leading research, education and innovation.

The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre is the joint gene bank and knowledge centre for genetic resources in the Nordic countries. Its mission is to conserve and promote the sustainable use of genetic diversity among animals, forests and plants that are important for Nordic agriculture and forestry. Since 2001, NordGen has been headquartered in Alnarp, where it will remain as the centre enters an expansionary phase and will address the need for larger premises more suitable for its purpose.

“At a time when agriculture is experiencing the effects of climate change and biodiversity is declining as never before, NordGen’s work is more important than ever. Genetic resources carry the solutions to the challenges of the future. Moving into more efficient premises will be a great boon to our operations and we are really looking forward to this event,” says Lise Lykke Steffensen, Executive Director of NordGen.

The new buildingwill be about 1,700 square metres on two floors. Offices will account for the majority of the space, but there will also be modern lab facilities and a 300 square-metre seed warehouse. The seed laboratory and the freezers with seeds can be described as the heart of the gene bank. The placement of the building was strategically chosen based on proximity to fields, greenhouses and the education and research conducted at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

“With its work conserving genetic and biological diversity, NordGen provides a good complement to the activities conducted at SLU. The continued presence of NordGen on the Alnarp Campus also helps to reinforce the role of the area as a campus for collaboration on sustainable development on a regional, national and international level,” says Magnus Huss, Market Area Director at Akademiska Hus.

Construction start is planned for February 2021 and occupancy is expected to begin in December the same year.