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.

Project

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. The construction work begun at the start of 2018 is currently suspended, as various legal procedures are still ongoing. Construction can only continue once the land procurement and building permit procedures have been completed. A Supreme Court ruling on land procurement in September 2021 could delay the opening of the Biel/Bienne campus until 2029. The canton of Bern is committed to accelerating the process.

Visualization campus (as of August 2018)
Visualization campus (as of August 2018)

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 2027.

Project

Construction of the new Bern campus in Weyermannshaus Ost is due to be completed by 2027. 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.

Teil des Campus-Geländes ist ein attraktiver, öffentlich zugänglicher Park mit dem offengelegten Stadtbach.
Campus Bern © wulf architekten, STUDIOPEZ, Aron Lorincz Ateliers

TecLab

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.