New Vall d'Hebron Research Institute building

A clear strategic commitment to lay the foundations for continued growth.

The new Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) building is a clear strategic commitment that will benefit the Institute’s current researchers and offer an opportunity to lay the foundation for continued growth.

It is a commitment to attracting and retaining talent, enhancing public and private alliances and consolidating the VHIR as a benchmark research centre with leading techniques. It is not just a question of money or infrastructure, but it also directly impacts on the care we offer our patients.

Project description

The team of Catalan architects formed by BAAS Arquitectura i Espinet/Ubach won the tender to build the new VHIR building and change the layout of Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus. Their design was selected from five finalists by an international panel comprising well-known architectural figures.

The proposal from the team led by Jordi Badia, Antoni Ubach and Miquel Espinet solves the issue of internal mobility within the Campus using a vertical axis of escalators. It also eliminates internal vehicle traffic and allows the Campus to be opened up to neighbouring areas. With regard to the new research building, structured through a system of courtyards and squares, it will have an expandable area of 5,000 m2 and budget of €15 million.

The area earmarked for the construction of the new VHIR building is on the same plot as Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, where the hospital laundry (no longer in use) was located. For the construction of the new building, VHIR has been granted part funding by the European Union, through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). They will provide 50% of the capital required. The rest will be co-financed by foundations, private companies and private individuals.

The Vall d’Hebron Research Institute has grown constantly since it was first founded. Up until now, this growth has not been accompanied by the corresponding infrastructure. As a result, the more than 1,400 people who currently work at the VHIR are spread across different buildings on Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus. The new building will bring together this talent and give them the infrastructure to allow them to enhance their competitiveness and excellence.

The new VHIR building is a project that solves a current situation, but above all it does this while also thinking about the future and about knowledge transfer. To enhance this aspect, the new VHIR building will house a business centre, a key factor in the process of internationalisation of the Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, a meeting point for companies, investors and industries in the sector. It will also support our researchers in taking the step of transferring their knowledge through the creation of companies and by attracting biotech or pharmaceutical companies that wish to drive more of their activity in cooperation with our research groups. 

The VHIR is taking advantage of the chance to plan a new challenge: the creation of an Advanced Therapies and Biomedicine Centre, to lead innovative research on gene transfer, cell transplant and tissue engineering, at the same time ensuring their safe preclinical and clinical development, with the aim of making these types of treatment accessible to patients.

Talent attracts talent. That is why the new VHIR building has an area especially for dissemination and several spaces for teaching. It is vital to explain what researchers are doing, both to the scientific community and to society. New spaces to explain human stories of scientific progress. An incubator for knowledge in the service of society.

Campus Transformation Plan

The Campus Transformation Plan aims to govern the future growth and development of the hospital and the whole of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus. It establishes the guidelines for the hospital’s evolution towards an environmentally sustainable healthcare model integrating care, training, research and innovation.

The future campus of Catalonia’s largest health centre will have more green spaces and will be open to the city. This is the proposal put forward by the BAAS and Espinet-Ubach studies project, winners of the architectural tender for the urban transformation of the Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus.

The main goals of this urban plan from a care point of view are to:

  • Improve the separation of patient and professional routes
  • Separate outpatients from inpatients
  • Improve patient welcome and reception
  • Create more meeting areas for professionals
  • Adapt emergency spaces to patients

The Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus transformation plan will change the layout of the environment, including, among others: recovering welcome and rest areas for patients, professionals and visitors; opening the campus up to the city; improving accessibility and mobility on-site; and decongestion of Campus surroundings.

The new building will have an area of 5,000 m2 extensible and a budget of EUR 15 million.

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