Site consolidation

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) has grown steadily since its foundation and is now spread over 26 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

In 2022, BFH is set to merge its technical disciplines at the Biel/Bienne campus. The new, central location is situated adjacent 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 26 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 ten 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 is set to get underway at the beginning of 2018. This is being coordinated with archaeological digs to safeguard the remains of prehistoric pile dwellings. Construction work on the new Biel/Bienne campus is officially set to begin in 2019. The Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering and Engineering and Information Technology departments should take their places at the new campus in autumn 2022.

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.

Project

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

The new TecLab Burgdorf is being built at the current BFH Tiergarten location (Jlcoweg 1) in Burgdorf. It is a joint facility of Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and Bern Technical College (TF). It will offer cutting-edge cleantech facilities and aims to encourage a new generation to take up technical professions.

TecLab Burgdorf will:

  • Play an important role in the qualification of professionals. Provide continuing education programmes in the field of cleantech at tertiary level B.
  • Support start-ups and provide a communication platform for industry, trades, SMEs and educational institutions in the field of cleantech.
  • Help tackle the serious skills shortage in technical professions. In the future, it will offer practical experiences and education for children, young people and apprentices who are interested in the world of mathematics, IT, natural sciences and engineering.

Plans for the TecLab Burgdorf project were given the go-ahead in the first half of 2017. BFH, TF Bern, PH Bern and the City of Burgdorf devised the project in consultation with the Department of Education. The ‘TecLab Burgdorf’ is set to open in 2023.

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