Oslo University Hospital gets buildings in the Life Sciences Building

The University Hospital Oslo (OUS) will have new research and laboratory buildings in the Life Sciences Building, which Statsbygg is building for the University of Oslo (UiO). This became clear following the decision of the Board of Directors of Helse Sør-Øst (HSØ) today, Thursday 17 June.

STOP: There has been no construction activity in the Life Sciences Building in the past month. It is now clear that OUS will occupy the building with the Laboratory Medicine Clinic. That’s what the Southeast Health Board decided today. After that, construction of the 97,000 square meter building can continue.


picture: Ola James Sather

This paves the way for a completely new and more content-rich life sciences building in the research park in Oslo. When complete, it will bring together researchers in the Clinic for Laboratory Medicine (KLM) at OUS, as well as UiO’s chemistry, pharmacology and life sciences research environments, which were originally meant to be located only in the building, Statsbygg said in the press release for Uniforum. Hélès sur Ost also informed of her decision Locations.

Together, OUS and UiO will benefit from each other’s expertise, equipment, and common areas, Statsbygg writes.

The new life sciences building covers an area of ​​97 thousand square meters. It’s about 12,000 square feet larger than planned when only UiO was placed on the building. The area of ​​​​the KLM laboratory medicine clinic is about 30,000 square meters, and therefore it can collect diagnostics and research much earlier than originally planned. Both OUS and UiO impose very high demands on functionality and stability in terms of the activities that will take place, and the building will be one of the most advanced research buildings in Norway.

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Moving to a completely new, future-oriented building gives us the opportunity for closer collaboration between professional environments within the clinic – both in diagnostics and research. This will strengthen our competitive position and contribute to better service to our patients, which is of course very satisfactory, says Clinic Director Andreas Matusek.

Helse Sør-Øst writes on his website that the fields placed in the laboratory medicine clinic did not have the opportunity to actually participate in the workplace after the establishment of Oslo University Hospital in 2009. Most jobs still work in the same place. Integration as before. With a combination of functions in the life sciences building, the clinic can realize the new operating concept of laboratory activities at the University Hospital Oslo, with a common building for the main activities, together with the local core laboratories focused on the clinic and adapted to the clinical activities of the Rikshospitalet and Radiumhospitalet and Aker.

The Clinic for Laboratory Medicine has extensive research activities and most of them are already closely integrated with the University of Oslo. Board Chairman Sven Jedrem says the joint physical presence of Life Sciences at the University of Oslo and the Laboratory Medicine Clinic will bring both financial and professional benefits. Vice President Per Morten Sandset at UiO is also pleased.

There was a very good collaboration between Statsbygg, OUS, HSØ and UiO on the work that led to this important decision. University Vice President Per Morten Sandst, who is also the life sciences project leader at UiO, says the decision marks a milestone in the work to achieve the Life Sciences Building and opens up entirely new opportunities for outstanding research and innovation in the life sciences.

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The new life sciences building will be a common building for the leading life sciences university and hospital environments and ensure Norway’s international competitiveness in the region. Here, different multidisciplinary professional environments will develop new solutions to key health and sustainability challenges, with access to the best and most modern equipment needed to conduct research and innovation on a world-class level.

Southeast Health Council Final Decision It can be read here.

published 17. June 2021 23:10

Syst Indra 17. June 2021 23:15

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