The science of medicine is developing rapidly, as well as the advancement of working methods and processes. To meet new demands on modern healthcare systems, the concept of the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna is to be transformed into a modern site for specialized and highly specialized healthcare, research and education.

The present campus, largely dating back to the 1930’s is spread over a large area and more than 40 buildings. Major changes are needed to adapt the hospital to modern methods and systems of integrated healthcare.

This was the basis of the decision taken in 2001 to investigate the validity of a new hospital, in comparison to developing the existing buildings. A series of reports have subsequently shown the benefits of a new hospital building.

A design competition was launched in 2005 to identify concepts for the identity and organization of the buildings of the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital. The winning entry, Forum Karolinska provided by White Architects, has provided a foundation for consecutive work in developing the ideas and concepts of the new university hospital.

 Forum Karolinska by White Architects

On April 8 2008, the Stockholm County Council decided that a new university hospital shall be established, replacing the current Karolinska University Hospital in Solna.

In June 2008, it was decided that the project was to be realized as a Public – Private Partnership (PPP). PPP represents a model where construction, financing, as well as facility management is procured from one single company or consortium of companies.