Swiss TPH breaks ground on new headquarters
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health institute (Swiss TPH) has broken ground on the new building for its headquarters in Allschwil. Set for completion by the end of 2021, the new building will offer nearly 900 workplaces, laboratory spaces as well as teaching facilities.
Visualization of the new building "Belo Horizonte" (img. Joachim Pelikan / Swiss TPH)
Swiss TPH is currently spread across seven buildings in Basel, but by the end of 2021 its employees and students will be able to work, conduct research and study under one roof, according to a press release. The new headquarters in Allschwil in the canton of Basel-Landschaft will have a floor space of 13,376 square metres and offer 725 workplaces, over 150 laboratory spaces, as well as auditoriums, classrooms and a cafeteria.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new multifunctional building, called Belo Horizonte, was held on Friday. Guests included Monica Gschwind, President of the Government Council of Basel-Landschaft; Conradin Cramer, Member of the Government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt; Marcel Tanner, President of the R. Geigy Foundation; and Andrea Schenker-Wicki, Rector of the University of Basel.
“We are very much looking forward to our new home in Allschwil,” said Jürg Utzinger, Director of Swiss TPH. “The new building brings together work, laboratory and education spaces in a unique way that will enable us to even better fulfil our mandate to improve the health of people in the Basel region, Switzerland and worldwide.” Stefan Mörgeli, project manager for the new building, said: “We only came to Allschwil because there is the political will to build the new Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area here.”
The new building is a part of the BaseLink area of the Bürgerspital Basel hospital. It will cost some 90 million Swiss francs, with funding provided by a credit guarantee from the cantons of Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt, investment contributions from the Swiss government, Swiss TPH’s own funds, and support from the R. Geigy Foundation. Swiss TPH plans to move into the building at the end of 2021. Founded in 1943, Swiss TPH employs around 800 people.