2 new buildings break ground at Adelaide BioMed City and ‘SAMHRI 2’ on the way

Work is well underway on two more buildings at Adelaide BioMed City as the $3 billion world-class health precinct in South Australia begins to take shape.

The compact precinct sits on the northwest corner of Adelaide, a city contained in a terraced grid, allowing all the buildings to sit side-by-side within easy walking distance of each other and serviced by a tram line.

Construction has begun on the $231 million University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building. It will support Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry students and about 400 health sciences researchers and is due for completion in early 2017.

The 12-storey Lyons Architects designed building is the largest capital works project in the university’s 140-year history.

Work is also underway on the University of South Australia’s $230m Health Innovation Building.

Designed by BVN Architects and Swanbury Penglase, the 15-storey health and research facility will support a collaborative and holistic approach to health research and is scheduled to open in 2018.

The $2.3 billion new Royal Adelaide Hospital is nearing completion, with the first patients expected to be treated there before the end of the year.

The hospital will sit beside the $200 million SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building, which opened in late 2013, and is the only part of the site currently operating.

Known by locals as “The Cheese Grater” for its stunning contemporary design, the Woods Bagot-designed building is home to more than 500 researchers and has won a swag of architectural awards.

A $280 million ‘SAHMRI 2’ has been proposed to be constructed alongside the SAHMRI building to house Australia’s first proton therapy unit – an $80 million machine to target otherwise inoperable cancerous tumours. Flinders University has committed $60

million to have a cancer research hub in the building while the State Government has budgeted $44 million. The Federal Government needs to contribute $176 million so the project can go ahead.

“As the largest greenfield healthcare precinct in the Southern hemisphere, Adelaide BioMed City and the development of the city’s northwest corner is bringing unprecedented investment opportunities to the state,” said Senior Investment Advisor Patrick Robinson from Invest Adelaide.

Source: News Release, Architecture and Design, 24 February 2016


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