Adelaide’s $3.6b health precinct begins to take shape

Construction has started on two buildings in Adelaide’s $3.6 billion South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct, which is located in the North Terrace. The two buildings are the $231 million University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building by Lyons Architecture and the University of South Australia’s $230 million Health Innovation Building by BVN Architects and Swanbury Penglase Architects.

The buildings will be adjacent to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) by Woods Bagot, the first building in the precinct, completed in 2013; and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital by Silver Thomas Hanley and DesignInc, which is almost completed.

The 12-storey University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building by Lyons Architecture will host medical, nursing and dentistry students and 400 health sciences researchers. The centre is due to open at the beginning of 2017, and has been inspired by the university’s North Terrace campus, which features courtyards, cloisters, terraces and connecting stairs.

The University of South Australia’s Health Innovation Building by BVN Architects and Swanbury Penglase Architects is a 15-storey structure designed to support collaborative health research, and is due to open in 2018. The building will incorporate the Centre for Cancer Biology, the Science, Creativity and Education Studio and the Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

The cluster of medical buildings is also set to include a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Flinders University Centre for Transforming Healthcare. When the precinct is finished, around 15,000 researchers will able to be accommodated.

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