Building 228 New test and research building for DTU Chemical Engineering


DTU Chemical Engineering is a fast-growing department—both in terms of staff and research results. The department has premises at Risø Campus and at Lyngby Campus, but wants to bring together all its activities in Lyngby to ensure optimum synergies and to strengthen its position as an internationally leading university department within chemical and biochemical engineering.

The project comprises both new construction and renovation work, and will meet the need for more space for teaching and research while creating an open, flexible working environment that inspires staff and students and streamlines work processes.

At its heart, Building 228 has a number of research and test facilities which will be renovated. The existing wings on the other hand will be demolished and replaced by a new building, which will surround the halls. The new building will house laboratories, halls, a workshop, classrooms, administration, support facilities, and common areas. Moreover, lounge and open meeting areas will be established in new connecting buildings that join Building 228 together with the existing Buildings 227 and 229.

Flexibility and variation
Like all other new buildings at DTU, Building 228 is designed to be adaptable to future needs. The new building boasts flexible areas which can be used for laboratories, halls, and offices as well as by sliding a support core between the corridor areas the laboratories. The support core is intended to function as a flexible buffer zone which offers various possibilities for flexible use and variation, both now and in future. For example, it will be possible to establish ‘walk-in fume cupboards’, expand the laboratories, or establish smaller meeting and work areas depending on which areas the support zone is adjacent to.

DTU Chemical Engineering is located in Quadrant 2—currently being transformed with a new Life Science & Bioengineering complex, a research building for DTU Biosustain, a new building for DTU Systems Biology, as well as a new building for DTU Chemistry. Thanks to the new facilities for DTU Chemical Engineering and DTU Systems Biology, the area around Søltoft Plads has the potential to develop into a local, lively centre in Quadrant 2.

DTU Chemical Engineering
DTU Chemical Engineering’s main activities lie within product design, process design, and production in the chemical, bio-technological, pharmaceutical, food technology, and energy technology industries. DTU Chemical Engineering’s most important activities lie within research and research-based education and innovation.

DTU Chemical Engineering is seeing significant demand from industry in relation to being able to develop its core areas including GMOs, fermentation, biomass, biofuels, gasification, minerals, particles, and organic solvents. 



  • Client: DTU
  • Budget: DKK 230 million
  • Area: New build: 7,000 m2
  • Client consultants: NIRAS consulting engineers and architects Kjaer & Richter
  • Construction period: 2016–2020


Karin Schou
Head of Section
+45 23 81 13 50