In the early 1960s it became clear that the vacant plot of land next to the Boland area that was available to buy would not be enough for Pharmacia’s expansion.
Pharmacia contacted the Property Management Administration at Uppsala Municipality with a request for suggestions of new sites. At Fyrislund there was an opportunity to acquire 800,000 sq.m., and it was felt that this would meet Pharmacia’s needs for a very long time.
Work started with Carl Nyrén as architect in 1968. Those responsible for the project at Pharmacia were the engineer Lars Forsman, assisted by the engineer Arne Sten.
The area has developed around the pharmaceutical industry’s demands for quality, performance, safety, etc. Quality finds its expression in the architectonic design of buildings, the surroundings and building and engineering features.
The area has three dominant materials: concrete, wood and stainless sheet metal. These offer different characteristics and therefore provide different expressions. Concrete represents rational, industrial construction. The shell is exposed in many of the buildings. The wood represents the Nordic, humanist aspect. Stainless panels form a bright contrast with the raw concrete, reflecting the pure, clinical, pharmaceutical character. These three recurring materials allow the facility to feel like a whole. The Kasper Salin Prize for 1971 was awarded to Pharmacia’s facilities in Fyrislund with the citation stating that: “The facility represents an example of construction in which it has been possible to unite the requirements for technical rationality and a good working environment in a strong, artistic form.” The plaque recognising the prize was cast by Bror Marklund and can be seen on one of the office building’s pillars.
In due course this became Pharmacia’s head office, further enhancing the status and demands of the area. The Group office has now been converted into a modern conference centre high up in one part of the twin building.
The wings of history are visible even now, as the old manor house in Fyrislund is still there. It is currently used as a nursery school.
More historical facts about Pharmacia in Uppsala and Fyrislund may be found in the book entitled “Nittonhundra elva – Nittonhundra åttiosex – Pharmacia sjuttiofem år” [“Nineteen eleven – Nineteen eighty-six – Pharmacia at seventy-five”], by Lasse Johanson, 1986.
Klövern in partnership with the Pharmacia Veterans association has produced an exhibition about parts of Pharmacia’s history. The exhibition is in Pharmacia’s former premises at Uppsala Business Park, Fyrislund, and had its official opening in February 2012.