After many years of increasing activities in AF Borgen, it is now time for much longed-for and locally financed rebuilding work. AF Bostäder, of course, is involved and one of the financiers.
Being a student is so much more than reading your books and taking exams. That is why student life is an important parameter when students choose where they are going to study. Lund has a strong position in competition with other university cities.
“Without doubt, Lund has Sweden’s best student life,” says Henrik Krantz, CEO of AF Bostäder. “Here, there is a choice and sense of togetherness that the other universities find difficult to match. In Lund, the students have AF Family, a unique trinity that unites students from all departments and specialisations with each other.”
AF Family consists of Akademiska föreningen (the Academic Society), AF Borgen and AF Bostäder, which together with the student nations and student unions form the collaboration known as Studentlund. The Academic Society has 11 different committees that run activities in everything from sport and media to clothes services, writing circles and stage performances – all started by students for students. The AF Borgen building houses the Academic Society’s activities as well as a café, festive events, conferences and much more.
“AF Bostäder is the students’ own housing company,” says Henrik Krantz. “We have a long relationship with the Academic Society, which gives Lund students a strong housing organisation that always puts their needs first.”
The AF Borgen building opened in 1851 and since then has acted as an epicentre for student life and activities. The building has also become a significant arena for Lund’s business sector and cultural life. The halls and stages are much talked about and written about, and many visitors take away unforgettable memories from here.
“AF Borgen is at the heart of Lund’s student life – an obvious meeting place for Lund’s students, for our tenants and for all others who can share in the great range of activities that AF Borgen has to offer,” says Henrik Krantz. “AF Borgen’s importance cannot be overestimated, which is clear from the great support the imminent rebuilding work has received.”
“In recent years, usage of AF Borgen has doubled – hundreds of thousands of people use the building each year,” says Stina Åkesson, CEO of AF Borgen. “The need for modernisation and an improvement of the flow in the premises has become increasingly evident. Now, a more extensive rebuilding and renovation project will result in new facilities such as a performance venue with capacity for 130 people, new steps for the entrance, an outdoor area facing Lundagård, better logistics and, not least, a facelift for the main hall. Overall, AF Borgen will be a better and more functional meeting place.”
“The rebuilding work will cost approximately SEK 80 million and can be carried out thanks to local donations from Alfa Laval, the Crafoord Foundation, Grenspecialisten, Lund University, Sparbanken Skåne through the Finn Sparbank Foundation, Caroline and Paul Sverdrup, Tetra Laval and AF Bostäder,” says Stina Åkesson. Furniture and stage equipment are to be financed through a fundraising campaign: #backaborgen.
“We are pleased and proud to support the renovation of AF Borgen, and we are excitedly looking forward to following the transformation. The students are our clients, AF Family is our most important collaborative body and it’s our shared task to contribute to the development of Lund. We want to strengthen the Lund brand as Sweden’s leading university city and ensure that as many people as possible want to study at Lund University. An investment in student life is also an investment in the future of AF Bostäder,” concludes Henrik Krantz.