University of Tasmania Medical Sciences Precinct

University of Tasmania Medical Sciences Precinct, TAS

The $42 million Medical Science 1 project involved the construction of a unique five-storey building and refurbishment of a student accommodation building. The $62 million Medical Science 2 building accommodates medical and clinical research facilities for the Menzies Research Institute, UTAS School of Medicine and Royal Hobart Hospital. 

The combined first and second stages, collectively known as the Medical Science Precinct, is a leading-edge, biomedical research and teaching facility. It provides Faculty of Health Science teaching facilities for over 1,000 undergraduate students; two lecture theatres (1 x 170 seats and 1 x 250 seats); office and laboratory accommodation for 450 staff and postgraduate students; a café servicing up to 150 patrons inside and outside on the landscaped podium; and support facilities for undergraduate students.

The striking facades of both buildings draw upon themes such as Hobart's mountains and waterways and elements of bio-medical research, such as cell structures. Medical Science 1 referenced the mountain ranges around the site and abstractly projected those onto the building façade to shape the windows of the building forming a ‘cellular morph’ structure. 

This project obtained a Green Building Council of Australia 5 Green Star Rating. Key environmental innovations include thermal insulation break in precast panels (Thermomass), high performance glazing systems, extensive contoured sun shading, rain water storage for use in toilets and landscape irrigation, outgoing water treatment, enhanced daylight and amenity to internal office environments, and sustainable materials selection.

Key Awards:

  • Medical Science Stage 2 (MS2) building won the Commercial Building $50 - $100 million category at the Master Builders Association Awards for Excellence in Building and Construction