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Move to Polacksbacken: “Like coming home” 

The barracks for the Uppland Regiment were built at Polacksbacken just over 110 years ago (1909-1912). When Lundellska School relocated to Campus Polacksbacken in autumn 2023, it was a special event. 

– It was like coming home. We finally had a school building that matched our historic school, which was founded in 1892.

Stefan Nyhem, Principal, Lundellska School

In spring 2021, Hemsö acquired Campus Polacksbacken from Akademiska Hus, which had built new premises for the existing tenant, Uppsala University. As a campus, however, the area has maintained its character, with three independent upper-secondary schools run by AcadeMedia and the recently relocated municipal upper-secondary school, Lundellska School. 

– By moving from the Ulleråker area, we can increase the number of students by 250 to a total of 1,450. When the final stage of the school is ready for occupancy in autumn 2024, we will also be starting a technical programme with an annual intake of another 64 students, says Stefan Nyhem. 

Growing interest 
Hemsö has adapted the historic regiment buildings for Lundellska School with care, which is appreciated by the new tenant. 

– Employees and students alike think the premises are fantastic. They are both grand and bright. It’s a totally different feeling compared with our old school building, which was built in the 1980s.

The relocation of Lundellska has also increased the amount of interest in the school, which already had a large number of applicants. This was particularly noticeable during the Open House in autumn. 

– We had about 2,000 visitors, nearly double the usual number. A lot of them were probably just curious, but I do think we will have more applicants to the school, says Stefan Nyhem.

Appreciated re-use 
Re-use has been a guiding principle for Hemsö’s adaptation of the premises for Lundellska. The heating system, for example, including the radiators, has been retained, as well as some of the ceramic sanitary ware, and doors and walls that are functional and intact. 

– The lino flooring in my office has been re-used. It’s as bright and beautiful as can be. The re-use concept is highly appreciated by both employees and students. The school actually teaches about resource efficiency.

I also think that re-use enhances the visual impression of the school. Just look at the beautifully preserved woodwork in the library and the murals in the corridors, they are a visual delight! 

Stefan Nyhem

Principal, Lundellska School in Uppsala

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