CEI BioTic Granada

Universidad de Granada | Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas | Parque Tecnológico de Ciencias de la Salud de Granada

An architectural and urban design project of quality

A rich heritage – the starting point

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The UGR enjoys a tremendous heritage, with historical buildings located throughout the city of Granada (Hospital Real, Edificio de San Pablo, Colegio Máximo de Cartuja, and Palacio de la Madraza, to name but a few). It owns places of historic interest (Alfar Romano and Hornos de Cartuja), places renowned for their natural beauty (for instance Hoya de la Mora in the Sierra Nevada mountains or the Sailing Club at the Cubillas Reservoir, or the Minas del Conjuro), plus other buildings and spaces located at different nodes (Cartuja, Centro-Fuentenueva, Aynadamar, Ceuta and Melilla) and newly-built (new facilities or institutes at the Health-Science Technology Park). The breadth and diversity of this heritage make it far from easy to structure the urban layout, connections or accessibility of the city, as they cause spatial discontinuity and call for a reassessment of urban landscapes.

A transformational project

Connected by Granada’s Metro light railway, the BioTic Granada Campus blends into the city, with its various centres located throughout the five existing campuses: Cartuja, Aynadamar, City Centre, Fuentenueva and the Health-Science Technology Park (PTS).

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The UGR enjoys a tremendously rich heritage, in its buildings, its historic assets and its culture. To achieve this it will undertake a series of actions – based on re-urbanisation and landscaping, new construction, alterations, accessibility and eco-efficiency – that will firmly ‘anchor’ this heritage in the urban structure of the city. The BioTic Granada Campus will transform this heritage into architectural elements and urban planning of the highest quality.

Integration within the city

Integration within the city of Granada has been a constant for the UGR. Its facilities are located throughout the urban fabric and clustered around specific nodes which are increasingly specialised.

The BioTic Granada Campus project is the highest expression of this specialisation, promoting improvements in urbanisation that achieve greater harmony with the local environment, creating new, high quality architecture, and reforming existing architecture way beyond the concept of a simple ‘container’.

Didactic campus

The planning of University spaces will follow the Didactic Campus philosophy – from urbanism and the city, through precincts and open spaces, to the innovative building itself, and within it, further spaces, particularly the lecture room. There will also be a fresh approach to accessibility, both on and off-Campus, following criteria aimed at sustainability and respect for the environment and driven by the connection between the various BioTic Granada Campus nodes, the metro, and initiatives to encourage the use of public and alternative transport.


Promotion of transfer through the Business Centre and the ICT Research Centre CITIC

A further key dimension is the need for ‘info-structures’ in equipping a campus of this kind – at the leading edge of the information society – in the realms of e-learning, e-research and e-management. This is a cross-cutting objective aimed at providing infrastructures and ‘info-structures’ that will heighten the appeal of the Campus in every aspect, including teaching and research, leading to improved efficiency in the academic domain but also in terms of resources. It is also a tremendous opportunity for encouraging student participation.


On the other hand, accessibility is essential for the personal and professional development of people with disabilities or special educational needs. In today’s society, where ICT is increasingly used for work and leisure and where there is an ever-increasing choice of electronic services, ensuring accessibility of the new technological media is a key priority. To achieve this, an overarching ‘info-accessibility’ plan is required, with actions geared to removing – or at the very least reducing – the principle barriers to info-accessibility on University campuses.

Aims and results

Together, the different actions proposed will achieve the following objectives:

  • A campus that is more integrated into the city via its specialist nodes, with enhanced urban interaction thanks to improved spaces. Campus nodes completely embedded within the urban structure will hold increased value, with spaces of higher quality that enjoy special visual appeal.
  • Restoration of historic buildings and renovation of teaching areas, adapted to the EHEA, to provide adequate smaller rooms that encourage group-work.
  • New, modern centres (faculties or institutes) linked to the strategic areas, such as the Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and Dentistry, plus ICT centres.
  • Existing centres and communal areas in the various Campus nodes updated.
Promotion of new business creation with the “entrepreneur’s roadmap”, the DETEBT@ programme and IMPULSEBT for technology-based businesses; establishment of a seed-funding programme.
  • A more sustainable campus that is more energy-efficient, thanks to improved management of resources and waste.
  • Comprehensive resource monitoring (water, gas and electricity).
  • A campus whose spaces are accessible to people with disabilities, and which provides info-accessibility to all administrative processes that can be undertaken on-line.
  • All teaching rooms equipped with multimedia.
  • Bigger and better accommodation offer – the most comprehensive of its kind for an international urban Campus
  • Sports facilities, both traditional and specialist, enjoying quality certification and widespread use. One out of every three University students will be a regular user of the facilities.
  • Facilities renovated and upgraded in anticipation of the Universiada 2015 which will take place in Granada.

Lines of action

The transformational project BioTic Granada Campus is expressed in a series of actions that can be broken down into the following strands:

  • Anchoring architectural, historical and cultural heritage in the urban structure of the city. BioTic Granada Campus: History and Future.
    • Develop the nodes of the BioTic Granada Campus as elements providing the city with structure and revitalising urban landsca
    • Improve the interconnection between the nodes and their location in the urban structure: metropolitan light railway, bicycle lanes and community bicycle loan system; and opening up the UGR’s facilities to the city (university sports areas, network of open spaces and leisure/recreational zones).
    • Finalise the Access Plan for the various university buildings, and the plan for refurbishment of buildings.
  • New urbanisation, with landscaping of existing features.
Plan for the renovation of historical buildings
  • Embed a ‘planning culture’ in the transformation of the Campus, meaning flexibility and adaptation to change in the different spaces.
  • New constructions, and integrated, specialised nodes for the BioTic Granada Campus.
  • Complete the specialisation of the BioTic Granada Campus nodes: the Health-Science Technology Park, the Aynadamar Technology Campus, the Cartuja Humanities Campus, and the Fuentenueva Science/Technical Campus.
  • Increase the number of public spaces associated with University centres.
  • Generate a UGR brand with regard to the quality of, and visual improvements to, University spaces and their relationship with the city.
  • Programme of alterations to meet EHEA requirements, striving for quality of education starting with the quality of the architecture in which it is delivered.
  • Adapt teaching areas to EHEA requirements and to the needs of a didactic campus.
  • Sustainable accessibility and mobility on the BioTic GRANADA Campus:
  • Improving the urban structure of interconnection between the nodes of the BioTic Granada Campus. Creation of a University hub linked to the metropolitan light railway. University shuttle system. Making the Campus accessible to people with disabilities.
Accessibility plan, especially for special needs
  • BioTic Granada Eco-Campus. Environmental and eco-efficient Campus.
    • Create a Campus that is sustainable both in design and function, with responsible energy consumption and good working conditions.
  • BioTic Granada e-Campus, promoting info-accessibility.
    • Guarantee the availability and updating of the ICT resources required for teaching, research, transfer and management.
    • Promote the use of open-source software to ensure freedom of knowledge.