Niels Bohr Building Complex, New University Building

The building complex, covering 52,000 m2, straddles Jagtvej, a main Copenhagen thoroughfare. The buildings are connected by an underground tunnel and a skywalk at third-floor level. Sweco is construction manager and OHS coordinator (B) for the project.


Customer: Danish Building and Property Agency



Period: 2014–2017

Capital expenditure (not for private customers): DKK 1,030,000,000

Area: 75,000 m2


Managing such a complex project as construction of the Niels Bohr buildings requires overview, vast technical knowledge, sound planning, good cooperation skills and comprehensive regulatory coordination. The building project is being implemented through 10 multi-trade contracts.

The Niels Bohr Building is part of the new Copenhagen Science City and one of the most striking and prestigious university buildings in Denmark. As construction manager, Sweco ensures a high level of quality, a safe working environment and a positive spirit of collaboration. The Niels Bohr Building Complex for the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, will total 52,000 m2 dispersed over two buildings of 16,000 m2 and 36,000 m2 respectively.

The location and design of the two buildings on either side of a heavily trafficked street makes the construction of the Niels Bohr buildings a complex project. The buildings are connected by an underground pedestrian tunnel requiring extensive relaying of pipelines (steam, district heating, drainage/sewerage, 10 kV control cables and gas) on both sides of Jagtvej. To avoid blocking all traffic on Jagtvej, the relaying of pipelines is completed on one side of the street at a time. The relaying of pipelines spans at least 17 months and requires comprehensive regulatory coordination and vast overview when it comes to managing traffic.

As part of the combined construction management, Sweco must coordinate OSH (B) and ensure through safety meetings, safety inspection rounds and general dialogue that the contractors follow agreed work schedules, etc. The OHS tasks comprise updating of the OHS plan, OHS coordination in common areas and updating the operating-and-maintenance OHS log.