Site consolidation

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) has grown steadily since its foundation and is now spread over 33 locations in three regions. Our two current campus projects, one in Biel and the other in Bern, are designed to streamline BFH locations, creating a basis for even more efficient research and teaching.

Biel/Bienne campus

BFH is to merge its technical disciplines at a new Biel/Bienne campus, centrally situated next to Biel railway station. This move will create an efficient teaching and research environment for the two departments TI and AHB, in shared, cutting-edge premises that meet all of today’s expectations of a place of teaching, learning, research and work.


BFH has grown steadily since its foundation in 1997 and is now spread over 33 locations in three regions. The aim of the campus project in Biel is to concentrate technical disciplines on one site. Today, these are spread across 10 locations in the Bern, Biel and Burgdorf regions. The new Biel/Bienne campus will allow BFH to make use of synergies in teaching and research and increase its competitive edge.

The campus is to be built on the ‘Feldschlössli’ site near Biel railway station. The construction project is based on the winning project ‘Trèfle’ by pool architects from Zurich. Excavation work began in early 2018, along with parallel archaeological digs in the area.

However, the project has since been delayed: firstly by legal wrangling, and secondly by the temporary suspension of the tendering process for a general contractor. An external report has since clarified the reasons behind the suspension.

Following this, the canton of Bern is now working to relaunch the project. With the support of various external specialists, a strengthened project team has analysed the project to highlight potential areas for optimisation and cost savings. They identified 52 items with a savings potential of between CHF 30 and 45 million. An adjusted cost estimate will be available mid-summer 2021. This will form the basis for the new tender for a general contractor.

It currently appears that construction work on the Biel/Bienne campus will commence in 2022, with a view to launching the campus in autumn 2025. The launch was originally scheduled for autumn 2022. However, if the legal disputes continue, the launch could be delayed still further. 

Bern campus

At the Bern campus, Health Professions, Social Work, Business, the HKB performative arts, the President’s Office and Services are set to be combined under one roof from 2026.


Construction of the new Bern campus in Weyermannshaus Ost is due to be completed by 2026. Construction of the Biel campus will begin in 2019. At the Bern campus, the BFH departments Health Professions, Social Work and Business, the HKB performative arts, the President’s Office and Services, currently spread across several locations, are to be combined under one roof. The new Biel/Bienne campus will allow BFH to make use of synergies in teaching and research and increase its competitive edge.

You will find more information about the project on our website.


TecLab, a joint initiative of Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and Bern Technical College (TF) in collaboration with other partner organisations, is to be created at the current BFH Tiergarten location (Jlcoweg 1) in Burgdorf. The aim of TecLab is to encourage a new generation to take up technical and ICT professions and to support businesses with the challenges involved in sustainable development.

TecLab Burgdorf will:

  • Promote STEM subjects and related professions (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
  • Provide professional development programmes for industry and commerce in the field of sustainability
  • Offer sustainability-related services for businesses

Pilot phase to begin in 2020

In 2020, TecLab will run and evaluate pilot programmes in all three areas. These programmes will be based at the Tiergarten location in Burgdorf. As soon as the divisions involved have completed the move to the Biel/Bienne campus, the building will be redeveloped and repurposed.

Through TecLab, Burgdorf will remain a BFH location and benefit from the joint programmes of BFH and TF Bern, which will also be relocating to Burgdorf. TecLab Burgdorf will play an important role in making the city and region of Burgdorf an attractive place to study.