The new KiTZ building
To unite research and clinic under one roof, the Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD) and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) are planning a new building for the KiTZ in the Neuenheimer field between the Children's Hospital and the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT).
In an area of around 6,400 square meters, more than 200 doctors, scientists and experts from all medical fields - from basic research to clinical application - will work on developing individual approaches for better diagnosis and treatment of children with cancer.
20 beds for children and adolescents with cancer and serious blood diseases are planned for the new KiTZ building. Day clinic and outpatients' department will be located there as well. In addition, all preclinical and clinical research units for pediatric oncology and hematology from DKFZ and UKHD will move into the new building. There will also be a unit for early clinical trials: In the "KiTZ Clinical Trial Unit", new drugs for pediatric cancer medicine are developed and tested under controlled conditions, so that patients get access to new medicines.
The planning phase has now begun. The architect's office Heinle, Wischer und Partner from Stuttgart was commissioned to realize the new building in Neuenheimer Feld. Construction of the building is scheduled to begin in 2021.
The land on which the new building is being constructed is provided by the state Baden-Württemberg. The construction costs totaling 85 million euros are largely borne by the Dietmar Hopp Foundation and the ODWIN gGmbH of Gerda Tschira. Other donors include Bild Hilft e.V. with six million euros and the Mannheim entrepreneur Dr. Manfred Fuchs, who supports the project with one million euros.
Further information on the new KiTZ building:
On September 24, representatives of the foundations, together with those responsible from politics, the KiTZ, medicine and science as well as the architectural office, presented the concept of the building at a press conference.
- Press kit for download
- Press release for the press conference on September 24th, 2020 for download
- Virtual tour of the draft of the new KiTZ building by the architects Heinle, Wischer und Partner: