The Lausanne Hotel School
A world renowned training institute, Lausanne Hotel School (EHL) has seen student numbers increase threefold since it was founded in 1975 in Le Chalet-à-Gobet. To uphold the quality of education and living standards for residents requires an extension of the buildings and improvements to the main entrance access.
More space for a growing staff
The EHL, based in Le Chalet-à-Gobet since 1975, was the first institution of its kind in the world. It is an exceptional showcase for the image of the city and Switzerland as a whole. With enrolments having tripled in recent years, the premises have become too cramped. EHL predicts that the number of students will increase from 2000 to 3000 in the next 10 years. An extension of the school is therefore necessary, in particular to provide adequate student housing. The city wants to encourage this development by providing new land.
A new entrance for improved flow and a better local environment
As a consequence of this project, access by car, which is mainly provided by the Cojonnex road, will be transferred to the Bern road. To improve traffic flow, a roundabout will be built in a second phase. This roundabout will provide access to the site and preserve the environment for local residents.
Advancement of the development
The winner of the architectural competition organised by the Lausanne Realty Corporation for Housing (SILL) for the sector "En Cojonnex" (north of Lausanne) has been announced: MPH Architects in Lausanne. The municipal land, provided by the City of Lausanne for a permanent and specific right of use and adjoining the site of the Lausanne Hotel School (EHL), will host a housing program for students and a crèche that meets the needs of the EHL. The new units will be leased by late 2017.
EHL is planning an investment of 226 million Swiss francs to build its new campus that will include 861 student beds and sports facilities. Added to this is a design studio where hoteliers, interacting with students, can test the rooms of the future. A first phase that included urgently needed classrooms, at a cost 30 million, was completed on 4 September, 2015.