Pathology Department for Linköping University Hospital

New facilities for clinical pathology

Clinical pathology has been carried out in existing facilities at Linköping University Hospital since the 1970s.

The old facilities were not dimensioned for today’s patient volume. Capacity was maxed out, creating an inadequate working environment and ventilation challenges. As the existing facilities offered no potential solution, an external solution was planned. The demands in terms of technology, sustainability, ventilation and flexibility were high. 

Requirements identified early in the project. A good and solution oriented dialogue between project parties.
Visits to Swedish Module’s factory contributed to a better understanding of the process.

“Ventilation and storage are two of the biggest boosts for the department. We now have a better overview of the facility, and we are more time-efficient. It’s great.”

Emma Ström, Business Developer, Linköping University Hospital


The challenge

Well-ventilated and reliable facilities.

Starting point

  • Old facilities with undersized space
  • Inadequate chemical management
  • Poor ventilation
  • Little flexibility in current premises


  • Connection to existing building
  • A better working environment (air, space, safety)
  • Manage future technological development
  • Quick access to new premises

“For us, the new premises are a big step up from the old premises. Among other things, work is now done in spaces with ventilation that is sufficient for the amount of formaldehyde (which is toxic), which means a better working environment. We have also been able to use the skills of our staff more effectively thanks to the flexibility of the new premises.”

Emma Ström, Business Developer, Linköping University Hospital

The solution

  • Two floors with a total of approx. 180 m2  
  • Operations-adapted premises meeting the challenges of the department for at least 10 years
  • Rooms with more and larger dissection stations
  • Separate technical floor with ventilation system and utility supply
  • Delivered in time – according to the schedule set for Swedish Modules
  • Connection to existing building

Customer value

  • New, modern and functional premises
  • High-tech facilities with improved chemical management
  • Greater flexibility in the use of staff skills
  • Short delivery time: 22 weeks in total, including design
  • 4.5 weeks of on-site construction, including one day of lifting and setting the modules by chrane
  • Minimal disruption to existing operations
  • Increased productivity


New modern facilities fully adapted to the challenges of the department

The difference between prefabricated and site-built is building technique and time, not function or requirements. The same regulatory framework applies to prefabricated construction and site-built construction. Prefabricated buildings are built in a factory and have a much shorter construction time. 

The new facility contains almost twice as many work areas as before: 10 dissection stations, a washer room with saw function and a dehydration room. Formaldehyde is supplied via a pipeline that runs from a special tank room in the basement of the existing building to the new modular building. This means both new and used formaldehyde moves between the module and the tank room without any manual handling, which is critical for safety.

“Running a project like this in parallel with ongoing operations is both stressful and pressing, of course. We appreciated the excellent dialogue and willingness to find solutions among all parties involved in the project, and the possibility to have our needs met”

Emma Ström, Business Developer, Linköping University Hospital 





Prefabricated building for laboratory activities
Three modules on two floors
Total area 180 m2

Fire safety

Fire-rated walls and windows. Fire alarm integrated with existing hospital alarm system.  

Technology and ventilation

Ventilation and cooling on the second floor, to supply air to fume cupborads, storage cabinets, some mechanical equipment and point extractors on the first floor. 
The facility is designed to deliver cooling in an economical, safe and environmentally sustainable way.

Delivery time

22 weeks total, including design
Of which 4.5 weeks of work on site.
Preparatory final inspection carried out according to the owner’s desired schedule.