Planning programme for a unified campus in Trondheim

Planning programme for a unified campus in Trondheim

– Where to build and rebuild university buildings?

Through a subproject called "Physical Plan", NTNU and the municipality of Trondheim have worked together to develop a planning programme. This is a formal document prepared in accordance with the Planning and Building Act, which will be a decision document for the municipality's politicians when they decide which building areas will be further investigated.

The planning programme explores possible areas for construction, possible sizes for new buildings, and the effects of different locations - both possibilities and consequences.

Finalization of the planning programme 

On 25 September 2018, Trondheim’s municipal building committee decided that supplementary studies for NTNU’s planning programme should be published for public inspection and consultation. The consultation deadline was 9 November 2018.

Read more: Case documents and documentation - political consideration of the planning programme (in Norwegian)

On April 25, 2019, the City Council of Trondheim decided the planning programme for university and campus purposes.

Read more: One step further for campus

Potential areas for construction (picture carousel):

Potential areas for construction (picture carousel):

NB! These sketches are only illustrations - we are still working on different concepts towards the final political decision.

Pictures planning programme

  • Overview highlighting the relevant sites.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • Hesthagen from the north.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • Hesthagen from Lerkendal.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • Hesthagen from the south-west.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • Down towards Hesthagen.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • Gløshaugen.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • From Høgskolevegen near Vollan gård towards Hovedbygget (Main Building) (1).
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • From the south: The plateau in front of Realfagbygget is included so that the passage is perceived as more spacious.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • From Christian Frederiks gt near Idrettsbygget (sports centre)
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • From Høgskolevegen near Vollan gård towards Hovedbygget (Main Building) (2).
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

  • From the area below Realfagbygget.
    Illustration: Eggen Arkitekter.

What happens when?

What happens when?

Click or swipe below to navigate the digital timeline for the planning programme.



The planning programme is a formal document under the Planning and Building Act. The planning programme is determined by building authorities or the City Council. It describes which studies have been conducted and if applicable which alternatives should be assessed, which criteria should apply, which methods will be used, the time schedule and the process for the parties concerned. For the campus: documentation for decision support and a recommendation of which building areas should be investigated further, a basis for the start of planning activities and clarification of the overall framework.

The planning programme includes overall assessment of the following aspects:

Nature and the environment

  • Landscape, green infrastructure, natural diversity, sports, outdoor activities, public outdoor recreation areas, public health, ground conditions, air quality, noise, climate accounting, climate resilience

Urban landscape, urban structure and urban life

• Structure of the built environment, heights, typology, outdoor spaces, sight lines, accessibility, universal design, cultural heritage, cultural environment, living conditions for children and adolescents


  • Transport systems, roads, public transport, walking and cycling routes, deliveries, parking, traffic safety, other technical infrastructure

Risk and vulnerability analysis


More detailed assessments and environmental impact assessment of other factors as part of the regulatory work.

An internal control activity in the State’s project model for large government construction projects. The OFP report forms the basis for the government’s decision on start-up of the pre-project. The OFP report provides the basis for further decision, and will give the government a better picture of what they decided through the choice of concept and clarify the project’s framework and guiding principles.
NTNU’s primary activities (education and learning environment, research, innovation, dissemination and outreach).
Purposes associated with NTNU’s primary activities, related functions (student welfare, student housing) and close partners.
Employers and businesses that want to be close to NTNU’s primary activities.
Plan which shows the overall concept for the development of a unified campus. Basis for upcoming detailed plans. The principle plan is an annex to the planning programme, and a knowledge base for the planning programme.
A zoning plan is a land use map specifying how an area can be used and what kind of buildings can be built. It may either be an area zoning plan or a detailed zoning plan. In the campus context, it is a detailed plan. The legal basis for zoning plans is the Planning and Building Act, and they have legal effect. Read more: Reguleringsplanlegging i Trondheim kommune (Zoning planning in Trondheim municipality)
A detailed zoning plan under the Planning and Building Act specifies how a limited area should be developed.
The physical plan is NTNU’s layout plan, which will ultimately show where building and rebuilding will take place, what the content of the various urban spaces and green areas will be, and what the initiatives that will be taken. The physical plan is one of several studies in the campus development project. Physical plan is also the name of NTNU’s sub-project responsible for preparing the physical plan, planning programmes, etc.
An assessment to explore new ideas and shed light on the potential for one or more properties. Also referred to as a conceptual appraisal or choice-of-concept evaluation (KVU), development assessment or alternative assessment.
A guide to ensure integrated solutions for urban space, road systems, pedestrian and cycling connections, green spaces and the general qualities of an area. VPOR plans do not have a legal basis under the Planning and Building Act and thus do not have legal effect. Such plans are therefore called indicative or guiding plans. However, VP plans provide a knowledge base for development agreements between the municipality and property owners.
When the law specifies that a proposal must be distributed for public inspection or public scrutiny, at least one copy of the proposal must be readily available to everyone so that anyone can read and study it. 
When the law specifies that a planning proposal must be distributed for comments or consultation, the proposal must be sent to all State, regional and municipal authorities and other government agencies, private-sector organizations and institutions that are affected by the proposal, for submission of comments by a specified deadline.
Feedback in connection with notification of the start of planning activities. The start of the work on the planning programme was announced on 30 June 2017.
Feedback in connection with a consultative process and public inspection of a planning programme and/or zoning plan.
Feedback after a formal individual administrative decision (enkeltvedtak) has been made. Approval of a zoning plan is an example of an individual decision, but not the determination of a planning programme, which is a process decision (prosessvedtak).
Public authorities can make objections under certain conditions; see Section 5-4 of the Planning and Building Act.