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FAQs about NTNU's unified campus
On this page we have collected frequently asked questions and answers related to NTNUs unified campus.
You also find questions and answers about the planning process on the participation portal www.ntnucampussamling.no.
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Last updated autum 2021
Statsbygg aims to have the zoning plans for NTNUs unified campus adopted at the end of 2022, so that the zoning plans can be included in the government's decision basis for getting started with the construction from 2024.
It is the zoning plans that specify the physical framework for where and how it can be built in the various areas, necessary to gather NTNU's campus.
The regulation for the project is divided into five planning areas/zoning plans, all of which must be approved before the construction can start. In December 2019 Statsbygg was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research to carry out a pre-project for NTNUs unified campus. The zoning plan is an important part of this, and On 19 September Statsbygg announced the start for the regulatory work for a unified campus.
The southwest corner of the Gløshaugen plateau: Here NTNU wants to bring together our humanities and social sciences close to the technology subjects, central and visible on the Gløshaugen plateau.
Along Høgskoleveien: Here we want to create a junction for our performing, creative subjects; art, architecture, music and design – where the university and the city meet, between Studentersamfundet and the Main Building (Hovedbygningen).
Hesthagen/Vestskråningen: There is a enormous potential here to further develop a cluster for innovation - in the axis between the technology and HumSam communities on the Gløshaugen plateau and our economics and management expertise down along Elgeseter gate.
The central axis of the Gløshaugen plateau: Here we see the possibility of strengthening the students’ education and facilitate interdisciplinarity from the beginning of the studies, by developing a varied and concentrated learning area in the central axis of the Gløshaugen plateau.
The Main building (Hovedbygningen) and surrounding areas: NTNU will strengthen the Main Building and the surrounding area as the heart of the campus in Trondheim – both symbolically and in practice – through architectural moves and prioritisation of which functions should be headquarted in this area.
South of Gløshaugen plateau and Valgrinda: Here we see that it is possible to strengthen already established academic clusters by bringing together academic communities that move as a result of the campus gathering.
The project has taken a closer look at building in the border zone of Høyskoleparken, in the south of the area, called Vestskråningen.
In the maximum option examined in Vestskråningen includes buildings of a maximum of 3000 square meters of the 166,000 square metre continuous park area. Some of it is already parking space today, although it is regulated to green space in the municipal plan's area section.
We have seen that more university in this area could have a far better effect for NTNU than if the same number of square meters were to be placed elsewhere. NTNU needs large enough buildings or clusters of buildings to bring together relevant academic communities. Development here is also important for connecting the campus on Teknobyen west of Elgesetergate.
Before the zoning plan is submitted for initial consideration by the municipality, alternatives for building in the park must be explored. This was decided by the Building Council on 29 September 2020. In the rest of 2020, we will consider various alternatives and their consequences, and at the beginning of 2021 more concrete alternatives will be presented, so that all interested parts have the opportunity to see, assess, comment and influence the further work.
NTNU has no intention of building the park down, so we have searched to find solutions that preserve the continuous greenery around the plateau, while at the same time making Gløshaugen more accessible.
There will be more people who will have their daily work here, and we want to put as much outreach features as possible in the buildings closest to the park. This will contribute to attract more people and make the park a natural outdoor area for those who will use the new university buildings, thus helping to integrate the park into the campus even more.
When a new building is being built, it also comes with some requirements for outbuildings and accessibility for everyone, as in this case can be used to improve quality, accessibility and connections in the park area. The more people in the area, the greater the requirements for improvement actions.
Following a decision by the Building Council on 29 September, various alternatives for the construction and protection of existing buildings in the sub-area 2, Høgskolevegen/Grensen, have been examined. In the recommended option, which was presented in the spring 2021, a continuous wooden house quarter was preserved, while some houses would be demolished.
After a scale-down of the project NTNUs unified campus, a new recommendation has been made for the area, where most wooden houses are preserved. Planning proposals for the sub-area will be submitted for initial consideration at Trondheim municipality before Christmas, with a public hearing in the spring 2022.
Cultural remains are important history-bearers that we want to take into account. There is a need to look at different alternatives in order to obtain a good basis for making decisions. We want to look at what values that exist today, what conditions the buildings are in, what these values may be used for and whether they can be moved.
NTNU and Trondheim municipality have a shared goal that the university to a greater extent will meet and integrate with the city. More university in the area behind Studentersamfundet and up to the Main Building (Hovedbygningen) is then a key. Here NTNU wants to bring together our performing and outreach subjects in art, architecture, music and design. We agree with the municipality that in this area there are opportunities to achieve cooperation with the city and relevant cultural institutions and partners.
No. The planning area / plan delimitation shows which areas we are working within in the zoning plan work. In NTNUs unified campus, five sub-plans/areas have been proposed. The planning area is set to clarify the external geographical framework for the planning work. This does not mean that everything will be changed within the planning areas or that it will be built new buildings throughout the area.
Parts of the planning areas have been included to facilitate new buildings, or to secure existing buildings. Other parts of the areas have been included to ensure actions in urban development, such as good connections for pedestrians and cyclists, good outdoor spaces and green areas.
Even if an area is placed within the planning delimitation, further work will show how large planning areas that will be needed. When actions is specified in the zoning plan work, it may be necessary to reduce the geographical planning delimitation.
All landowners who have property within or up to the proposed planning areas have received a letter notifying the start-up of the planning work. Please note: If you rent, the notification has been sent to the owner of the house.
Unfortunately, we cannot answer exactly how your property will be affected yet. The project and the various sub-areas are still being processed. In the preparation, we facilitate participation and information for all stakeholders through open meetings and make relevant material available on the participation portal ntnucampussamling.no.
The Planning and Building Act states that you shall be able to provide input and comments in relation to the notification of the start-up of the planning work, and in relation to the public hearing of the planning proposal. We also want to get your input and comments during the work.
You can provide input in connection with:
- notification of the start-up by 2 November 2020
- evaluation of alternatives for sub-area 1 and 2 – January/February 2021
- status of the planning work for all sub-areas – June 2021
- submitting of the planning proposal for sub-area 1 – Desember 2021
- submitting of the planning proposal for sub-area 2 – January 2021
- public hearing and inspection of planning proposals for sub-areas 1 and 2 – first quarter of 2022
- submitting of the planning proposals for sub-areas 3, 4 and 5 – spring 2022
- public hearing and inspection of planning proposals for sub-areas 3, 4 and 5 – autumn 2022
Do you want to give input or comments on the zoning plan?
Send comments to the zoning plan work via the participation portal ntnucampussamling.no. Alternatively, you can send by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to WSP, Granåsvegen 15B, 7069 Trondheim.
Your input and comments are part of our knowledge and decision basis. Even if it is the politicians who make the final decision, you can have an impact on the end result.
You have the right to participate in the zoning planning process with your knowledge, needs and wishes, but also challenges and concerns. We want everyone to get involved! This gives us the access to the local knowledge that we need to solve the project in the best possible way.
Yes. We are convinced that a campus that both students, employees, businesses, public institutions, and the city's population have helped shape, will give a better campus. Therefore, open dialogue meetings, both digitally and physically, will continue to be an important part of the process, in addition to the formal requirements for participation - in accordance with the Planning and Building Act (PBL).
Since the concretization of the plans started in January 2017, the neighbours and other affected parts has been invited to, and participated in, several open information meetings and direct meetings. Input from these meetings has helped us to adjust the plans and areas examined for new buildings. Among other things, we have now also proposed zoning plans south of the Gløshaugen plateau and for Valgrinda, to ensure alternatives - in the event of further changes.
Involvement and participation is a key point in the Planning and Building Act. In accordance with fundamental principles of due process, transparency, predictability, and participation shall be ensured, so that everyone affected should be able to involve and have the opportunity to speak out. On the basis of the large number of parts affected by the development, and considerations that must be taken, we have chosen to go far beyond what is required by law and normal involvement so early in a planned construction project.
It takes time to find out what to build. The project is extensive and we must do a thorough job to ensure that decisions are made on the best possible basis. In addition, we need to find out what NTNU needs, so that we build the right buildings. The users of the buildings must therefore be involved so that their co-determination is safeguarded. The location and scope also have an impact on the neighbours and the rest of the city. Therefore, the process of public hearings and neighboring meetings is also a central part of the work.