A New Home for BABS

Date: 
29/06/2017

Stage 1 of the Biomedical Research Precinct construction work is now complete, with many BABS staff and HDR students now settled into our new building, Bioscience South (E26). Undergraduate classes in the cutting-edge teaching laboratories will commence in Semester 2.

This beautiful new 21,000m2 building has been designed to be flexible, supporting current research and teaching needs as well as providing infrastructure to support future technological advances. It has capacity for more than 450 staff and PhD students and 200 undergraduate biomedical and biological sciences students.

Stage 2 of the project, which will see the complete refurbishment and modernisation of the existing Biological Sciences Building (D26), has now commenced. This will see the removal of the façade and internal walls of the old Biosciences building, which will be stripped back to its frame. Contemporary shared research laboratories will be located on Levels 2-5. Undergraduate teaching laboratories will be located on the Ground Floor and Level 1, along with a new café. The Michael Birt Gardens will also be remodelled and enhanced. Stage 2 is due to be complete by early 2019.

The vision is to enhance interdisciplinary teamwork by bringing together biologists, and environmental, earth and biomedical scientists, reinforcing synergies between the research groups, schools and faculties. The Biomedical Research Precinct also encompasses the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the Wallace Wurth School of Medicine, and aims to provide a world-class environment for the training of the next generation of top researchers and technically qualified graduates.