Renovation creates state-of-the-art premises with divisible spaces for green techWednesday, 10 May 2023
Maskrosen is a departmental building from the 1970s that was vacated when the Department of Soil and Environment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) moved to new premises on the campus. With its central and natural location on the campus, the building is the focal point for visitors to Ultuna – a location that will become even more central when the Municipality of Uppsala’s plans for expanded high-capacity public transport are realised, which will then create an even closer tie between Ultuna and the city.
The Maskrosen building, just over 9,000 m2 in size, will undergo total renovation with a focus on reuse to transform it into a modern environment with offices, labs and product development areas. The building, which will offer opportunities for grow rooms and storage, will be equipped with solar cells on the roof and smart technical solutions to reduce energy use. With six entrances and a generous ground floor, there will be a great deal of flexibility to allow spaces to be divided for many conceivable activities. The concept is based on the idea of a sharing economy with common meeting areas and functions on the ground floor.
“It will be possible to rent space in the Maskrosen building from approximately 500 m2 and upwards and we are already seeing considerable interest. We are creating an environment here in which companies in the green industries can grow and develop on campus, at a location that provides proximity to SLU and the research conducted at the higher education institution. Converting an existing building is also a way for Akademiska Hus to use our existing property portfolio instead of new construction, which is essential if we are to achieve our goal of climate-neutral operations,” says Anna Alsborger, facilities manager at Akademiska Hus.
Part of Green Innovation Park
The Maskrosen building will be an important addition to Green Innovation Park (GIP), which is a joint initiative by Akademiska Hus and SLU aimed at offering a stimulating and value-creating arena for meetings between academia, business and the community. A wide range of companies of different sizes can be found at the Ultuna Campus today, from start-ups to scale-ups and larger established companies and industry organisations.
The Maskrosen renovation project is planned to begin in June 2023 and will be completed in August 2025.