Luxembourg’s Ministry of the Economy has announced the unveiling of the project “Health And Lifescience Innovation Campus” (HE:AL Campus), which took place on Saturday 16 September 2023.
Luxembourg’s Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot, the president of the ZARE intermunicipal union, Simone Asselborn-Bintz, the mayor of the City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Georges Mischo, the mayor of Mondercange, Jeannot Fürpass, as well as administrators of HE:AL Campus SA, Jean-Paul Scheuren and Romain Poulles, were present for the occasion.
The future HE:AL Campus project aims to establish accommodation infrastructures and services conducive to the attraction and growth of innovative companies in the health technology sector and active in the fields of medical device, in vitro diagnostics and digital health.
The HE:AL Campus is a project developed through a partnership between the HE:AL Campus SA and the intermunicipal union ZARE, and facilitated by the Ministry of the Economy. Located on the site of the ZARE intermunicipal union “A Sommet” on an area of nearly 2.4 hectares, the future campus will be located between the House of BioHealth, the future SüdSpidol of CHEM and the Cité des Sciences of Belval, thus allowing a geographical rapprochement between research, innovation and the medical world, key innovation partners in the health technology ecosystem.
The project leaders organised a paid consultation process, in close collaboration with all stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the city of Esch-sur-Alzette and the Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch (CHEM). The selected master plan was the one proposed by the association of architects, town planners and landscapers A2M-EFFEKT, assisted by the BEST design office. Present in Brussels, New York, Luxembourg and Lisbon, A2M is renowned for its expertise in the field of sustainable architecture by exclusively developing passive, sustainable, circular, zero energy, CO2 neutral or self-sufficient buildings. Based in Copenhagen, EFFEKT is a research-based design studio working at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, landscape and R&D.
Entitled “towards a regenerative Campus”, the master plan is characterised on the one hand by the reuse of buildings, infrastructure and resources already existing on-site and, on the other hand, by the regeneration of nature present on-site as the fundamental driving force behind the HE:AL campus.
According to the ministry, the masterplan presented by Sebastian Moreno-Vacca from A2M includes regenerative landscaping, site design around social infrastructure, people's well-being on campus as well as buildings (with low or zero carbon impact) designed as material banks.
At the end of the public presentation of the master plan for the future HE:AL campus, Minister Fayot and the managers of the HE:AL Campus SA company, as project leaders, signed a memorandum of understanding relating to the project’s completion and the campus’ development.
According to the Ministry of Finance, while the company is committed to developing a value proposition in terms of infrastructure and services aimed at strengthening the visibility and attractiveness of the HE:AL Campus towards its future occupants, Luxembourg’s government plans to continue to invest in the creation of a national ecosystem conducive to the development of companies in the HealthTech sector with a particular focus on digital health.