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Construction progress

Here you will find information on the construction progress of the new BeCAT research building for the development and production of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP).

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Click on the play icon to watch the construction progress of the new BeCAT research building and the research building "The Simulated Human" (Si-M), a joint project of Technische Universität Berlin and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

The video shows the progress from mid-March to mid-April 2021 in fast motion (© Si-M).

The following sections briefly describe the key events that have led to changed conditions in the various phases of the project and will ultimately lead to delays in the completion and acceptance of the construction.

Initial design

The original plan envisaged a building that was innovative not only conceptionally but also in terms of design, and which was to stand out from the mass of new buildings currently being constructed in Berlin, above all through the choice of building materials.
It was planned to build a compact, cubic structure to make maximum use of the possible space on the core campus of the Virchow Clinic of the Charité and thus in the immediate vicinity of the German Heart Center (DHZB) and the research centers for regenerative medicine and hematology/oncology as well as the surgical clinics.


Planning stop in the 2nd quarter of 2018

Due to a supply road from Vattenfall in the construction area of the original site, which was accessible via Föhrer Straße, a planning stop was imposed on the planning work that had been on schedule until then.

Integration in urban development competition Campus Seestraße

In parallel to the developments concerning the construction site on Föhrer Straße, the Charité board of directors has decided to develop a research campus on Seestrasse and initiated an urban planning ideas and realization competition. The task was to design a bio- and medical technology campus with the embedding of a new building for the research building "Der Simulierte Mensch" (91b application S-IM, since: 4th quarter 2017). With the need for a new building area for BeCAT, it was decided to integrate it into the urban planning competition.

Result of urban planning competition in the 4th quarter of 2018

The results of the urban planning competition were available at the end of 2018.
From that moment on, the focus of the resumption of planning work was on creating synergies between the two new research buildings with funding under Article 91b of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. One of the resulting consequences was the necessity of the extension of the funding period until 31.12.2023, which has meanwhile been granted.

"Der Simulierte Mensch" (S-iM; engl.: The Simulated Human Being)
Budget: EUR 34 million
Completion: 2023

"Berlin Center for Advanced Therapies" (BeCAT)
Budget: EUR 29.3 million
Completion: 2022 (new: 2023)

Competitive dialogue procedure

With the change of location from Föhrer Strasse to Campus Seestrasse, the new research building to be erected will become part of the overall urban development plan for the redevelopment and transformation of the Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK). The invitation to tender is based on a competitive dialogue as the awarding procedure, which requires a concentrated interaction of urban planners, open space and hospital planners before a final plan can be submitted.
The University Heart Centre (UHZB ) and the two new research buildings "Der Simulierte Mensch" (Si-M; engl.: The Simulated Human Being) and the "Berlin Center for Advanced Therapies" (BeCAT) are included in the tendering procedure as planned projects.

New milestone dates from 2020


Detailed design:

by November 2020


by July 2021

Start of construction:

July 2020

Trough foundation pit:

August 2020 to November 2020

Shell construction:

December 2020 to June 2021


June 2021 to October 2021

Technical building services and extension:

June 2021 to October 2022

Building completion:

October 2022


November 2022 to July 2023

User handover:

July 2023

New appearance of the research building

Copyright DGI Bauwerk

The roof of the BeCAT is designed as a green roof.
The façade consists of light-coloured fibre-reinforced concrete panels with thermal insulation behind them and is broken up by windows in aluminium fixed glazing arranged in the appearance of a bar code.
In addition to a total of ten Class B clean rooms and a central laboratory for quality control, the building will house laboratories for application-oriented research (cell culture, R&D, microbiology) as well as a laboratory for product control.

The foundation plate and the basement of the two new research buildings "Der Simulierte Mensch" (S-iM; engl.: The Simulated Human Being) and the "Berlin Center for Advanced Therapies" will be constructed together and will have a shared technology room.

Since the excavation pit reaches down to the groundwater, it was decided to construct the pit using a watertight trough construction method.
The advantage of this construction method is that only the groundwater within the excavation pit needs to be pumped out, but not the groundwater flowing into it.
The execution is possible within the time schedule.
This ensures that the funding period until 2023 is adhered to.


Commissioning from November 2022 to July 2023

Commissioning qualification pursues the goal of checking the central functions in the production process. This makes it an integral part of operational quality control. It shows whether systems and components are suitable for the intended purposes and whether the manufactured products will have the required quality.

The BeCAT qualification is carried out according to the rules of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).