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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

I. Planning

The following parcels of land will be part of the building project:

  • Address: Mariannengasse 3 and 5
    Residents: 32, plot nos. 287/1, 288 and 289, KG 01002 Alsergrund
  • Address: Höfergasse 7
    Residents: 282, plot no. 259/1, KG 010002 Alsergrund
  • Address: Höfergasse 2 – 12, Mariannengasse 4 – 6, Rummelhardtgasse 5 - 7 and Spitalgasse 5 – 9
    Residents: 292, plot Nos. 262, 270/1, 274/4 and 280, KG 01002 Alsergrund

 

The jury for the EU-wide design competition selected the design submitted by the bidding consortium Delugan Meissl Associated Architects and ArchitekturConsult as the winning project. 

Numerous architects submitted designs to the competition and these were all presented to the public, together with the winning project, at a special exhibition held from 15 to 19 September.   

The competition jury was made up of expert judges from the Chamber of Architects, representatives of the owner, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, the user, MedUni Vienna, the Federal Minstry of Science, Research and Economic Affairs and the City of Vienna (Magistrate Departments 19 and 21).

Definition according to Architectural Competition Standard – WSA 2010

An architectural competition is a quality-based, project-oriented and formalised process, in which ideas in the form of plans, models, images and texts etc. are compared based on a prespecified task and clear assessment criteria and judged by an independent competition jury, whereby the candidates remain anonymous. The aim of architectural competitions is to identify the most suitable project from among the competition entries, justify the choice and make the competition result transparent. The first-ranked project is not only the most goal-oriented design but also shows the winners to be the best-qualified partners for further planning steps” 

Numerous architects submitted designs to the EU-wide competition and these were all presented to the public, together with the winning project, at a special exhibition held from 15 to 19 September. 

The ombudsman is at the disposal of all interested parties, in particular the immediate neighbourhood and local residents. The ombudsman is the first point of contact for members of the public, neighbouring offices and public institutions for any questions, concerns or problems connected with the construction project. 

As the central contact for the project, the ombudsman will take part in public information events, briefing meetings, special briefings etc. For the entire duration of the project, he/she can be reached by e-mail or telephone between 08:00 and 20:00 hrs. In the event of any major disruption to local residents or others, he/she will immediately direct any grievances to the appropriate person and attempt to remedy the situation on the spot.  

Dipl.-Ing. Tarafa Baghajati

Ombudsman

Enquiries from the media should be directed to the BIG Press Office:

Mag. Ernst Eichinger

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, Press Officer

P: +43 (0)1 50244-1350

II. Building work

The ombudsman is the first point of contact for members of the public with any questions, requests, concerns or problems connected with the construction project.   

As the project progresses, information will be compiled about the course of project activities and will be available on the website or from the ombudsman.  

The current expectation is that all public transport stops will remain as they are at present.   

The winning design involves demolishing the existing multi-storey car park on Rummelhardtgasse. The plan also involves demolishing the building on Spitalgasse and the Hoftrakt. The existing buildings of Mariannengasse 4-6 and Höfergasse 8-12 are located in the protected zone and will be converted and generally renovated in consultation with the competent authorities. 

Building work is scheduled to start at the end of 2020.

Regular teaching activities are scheduled to start there in the 2025/2026 winter semester.

III. General (neighbourhood, environment, politics etc.)

The area will be enhanced and will benefit from the revival, be it through catering establishments or other additions to infrastructure (e.g. shopping facilities). 

The site of the former Wien Energie offices will be used to build the new MedUni Mariannengasse Campus to serve as the Medical University of Vienna’s centre for preclinical research and teaching.  

The new MedUni Mariannengasse Campus will mark a new era of medical research and teaching for MedUni Vienna.    Modern and innovative working, teaching and learning areas will provide the staff and students of MedUni Vienna with an environment that does justice to its role as an internationally renowned institution for medical research and education and the largest of its kind in Austria.

By bringing together core areas of medical theoretical research, which were previously spread over different sites, onto one campus, it will be possible to exploit synergy effects and promote interdisciplinary research.

MedUni Mariannengasse Campus will comprise facilities for medical teaching and research: notably it will also include laboratories. 

The following research units are to be housed in the new or converted buildings:

  • Center for Physiology and Pharmacology (currently Währinger Str. 13a)
  • Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology (currently Währinger Str. 13 / Schwarzspanier Straße 17)
  • Center for Pathobiochemistry and Genetics (currently Währinger Straße 10)
  • Parts of the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (currently on the MedUni General Hospital Campus)
  • Institute of Cancer Research (currently Borschkegasse 8a)

In addition, the Facility Management group that is to be set up to run the MedUni Mariannengasse Campus, a team responsible for academic management of the organisational units involved and the MedUni Vienna Student Union will be given (office) space on the new MedUni Mariannengasse Campus. 

The MedUni Mariannengasse Campus will also house lecture theatres, seminar rooms, practical course rooms, dissecting rooms and learning areas for private study to meet current requirements. 

A modern canteen on the ground floor and communication and recreational areas will functionally enhance these areas on the MedUni Mariannengasse Campus.

  • Presentation of project | 06.09.2018
  • Planning starts | Autumn 2018 
  • Construction work starts | end of 2020 
  • Full university operation | Winter semester 2025 / 2026

The MedUni Mariannengasse Campus construction project is a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG, principal contractor and property owner) and the Medical University of Vienna. 

All leases in the affected buildings (Mariannengasse 3 and 5 and Spitalgasse 5-9) are due to expire before building work starts. For safety reasons, the building site will be closed off to the public. 

Some parts of the affected properties are listed as national monuments. The planning work will therefore be done in close consultation with the Austrian Federal Monuments Office. 

Parts of the project area on Mariannengasse and Höfergasse are in a protected zone. The planning work will therefore be done in close consultation with the competent authorities. 

The layout of the parking area/public spaces is not part of the project. As plans currently stand, the number of parking spaces will be unaffected. 

The lease runs until 2019. Negotiations are currently underway on a possible extension of the term until 2020, which can be further extended until just before building work starts, if necessary. Suitable alternative rental space is currently being sought for the existing tenants.