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Planning started for new institute buildings on Saarbrücken campus

Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) seeks planning office to implement its spatial expansion

Saarbrücken, March 6, 2024 – On February 25, 2024, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) published the open competition for the selection of participants in the planning competition for the spatial expansion of the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland in Saarbrücken (HIPS), thus reaching a milestone for the realization of the new HIPS research building on Saarland University campus. The HIPS is a site of the HZI in cooperation with Saarland University.

The new building program is part of the agreed structural and technical expansion of the HIPS, which is jointly funded by the federal and state governments with a total volume of up to 55.7 million Euro and comprises a total of 5,571 square meters of usable space. While the first construction phase in modular design is already being implemented, the planning competition that is now beginning will cover the remaining construction phases. The aim of the competition is to create space for around 150 workplaces in pharmaceutical research in an innovative and cost-effective way.

To launch the planning competition, a kick-off event was held at HIPS on March 5, 2024, at which all participating jury members were present to jointly determine the next steps in the competition. In addition to HIPS, HZI and the university, the jury also includes representatives of the Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digital Affairs and Energy, the Saarbrücken City Council's building department and the Karlsruhe Regional Finance Office as judges. In addition, expert architects from all over Germany are represented on the jury as specialist judges. The closing date for applications for the planning competition is March 27, 2024. Further information on the competition is available on the project website www.phase1.de/hips.

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