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Masterplanning contest held for Norwegian university campus in Trondheim

Trondheim, Germany
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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has launched an ideas and planning competition for a new centralised campus in Trondheim

The two-stage contest seeks ideas to consolidate the university by expanding its main campus in Gløshaugen (pictured) and improving its integration with the surrounding city.

NTNU, which has 39,000 students and more than 5,000 staff, recently became the largest university in Norway following its merger with two other colleges. The latest project is part of plans to create a new super campus at Gløshaugen, bringing together all of the expanded university’s facilities within walking distance of the city centre.

NTNU intends to centralise the campus in Trondheim around the Gløshaugen area by 2025, and is ‘inviting proposals for a two-stage idea and planning competition for development and drafting of a comprehensive campus plan.

‘The overall objective of the competition process is to obtain a concept for a high-level structure for the campus and location of required space, which to the best extent reflects the quality programme within the approved location concept.’

Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city, with a population of 187,000, and is dominated by the NTNU, the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research, St Olavs University Hospital and other technology-oriented institutions.

NTNU was formed in 1996 by the merger of six separate university colleges. Previously it had been part of the Trondheim Society which was established in 1760 and became the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters seven years later.

NTNU courses focus on sciences and technology but also include medicine, humanities, arts and music subjects. The latest development aims to raise the city’s profile as a major education centre in Europe.

The university will shortlist up to six schemes for further development ahead of a final tendering round. Proposals will be judged on their ability to deliver a comprehensive solution for the campus, compliance with local building regulations and the overall feasability of construction.

The competition languages are Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. Up to £327,000 is available for the initial ideas phase of the competition while the second planning phase has a budget of £234,000.

Phase one winners will receive £14,000 each and receive an additional design development budget of £9,400 each. Teams participating in phase two will also receive £32,700 each on completing their submissions.

The deadline for submissions is at 11:59 pm local time (EST) on 9 January.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Hege Elisabeth Sannan Skorild
Klæbuveien 72
7012 Trondheim

Telephone: +47 73412599
E-mail: hege.skorild@ntnu.no


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