Topping out ceremony at Biomedicum: Building work reaches halfway mark
One of the world's most modern research centres reached a key milestone this week. Internal work to continue at one of Stockholm’s new landmarks at the Karolinska Institute.
The 24th of April was a memorable day for craftsmen, project workers and representatives from contractors and the developer, when building of the new Biomedicum research centre, created by C.F. Møller, held its topping out ceremony. Over 250 people were present, including the project’s prime contractor, Skanska, the developer Akademiska Hus, and tenant Karolinska Institute, to mark the occasion. The ceremony marks Biomedicum reaching the halfway mark of the building process. The building is now sealed, with façades and roof in place. Affecting society The speakers attending repeatedly stressed the importance of Biomedicum as one of the most modern research centres in the world. “We are delighted with the process of building Biomedicum. It will be important in the development of conditions and criteria for research in Sweden and the rest of Europe, and along with Aula Medica, Biomedicum and the Karolinska Institute will contribute to moving science in the right direction to the benefit of society,” said Mårten Leringe, Associate Partner and head of C.F. Møller Sweden. The new, laboratory complex will be a power house for research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm - one of the world's leading medical universities and best known for awarding The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. On schedule Passing this milestone at this point means that building Biomedicum is on schedule. With its exterior appearance in place, work will move into the next phase to complete the new profile of the area. The institute’s research facilities were previously spread around the entire campus – a green park-like area with red brick buildings first erected in the 1930s. In the future, Biomedicum will provide the Karolinska Institute with a unified research environment. The laboratory centre will feature extremely flexible laboratory and administration facilities, which are expected to function as a catalyst, creating seamless collaboration between the different research and study environments. Biomedicum is scheduled to be completed and open in 2018. The photos above feature two of C.F. Møller’s key staff on the project, Lotte Søborg and Sara Nilsson, who will take you behind the project's scenes.