The Max IV laboratory in Lund, which opened in 2016, is the world’s most powerful synchrotron radiation facility. The laboratory is open to researchers from all around the world. The complex comprising around twenty buildings was developed by Fastighets AB ML4 and is jointly owned by Wihlborgs and Peab. LundUniversity leases the facility on a 25-year lease.
The advanced research carried out in the laboratory places extremely high technical demands on the building, including vibration damping. Early in the project, it was decided to have a high sustainability focus. The Max IV office building soon became the first building to be certified according to BREEAM-SE –with the absolute highest rating “Outstanding”. The rigid certification requirements mean that approved properties strongly contribute to a better environment and lower energy consumption.
The success of the Max IV project, both in terms of meetings the technical requirements and achieving sustainability targets, was partly due to a very efficient production process and partly to a successful collaboration model. Client Max IV Laboratory, Lund University, Fastighets AB ML4, turnkey contractor Peab and their subcontractors worked together towards their common financial goals.
Sitting together in the same building, they managed to informally resolve many questions around the office, which were then formally documented at meetings. A cornerstone was also the decision to use the same project planning and planning group throughout the entire project. A relatively small organisation ensured efficiency and drive.