Placing research in the heart of the city
At the core of the Menzies Research Institute and Medical Science project is the creation of a new teaching, learning and research culture. A culture rooted in strategic connections — from connections between students and researchers to those forged between researchers, doctors, the medical school and the broader health precinct. Achieving this integrated and connected campus was a key challenge that was overcome in the design process, as the first stage of the precinct had not been contemplated for future extension. Rigorous functional planning negotiated the differing needs of each learning and research space to produce world class laboratories and teaching facilities under the one campus. The advanced laboratories, with its intensive reliance on services including fume exhausts, is located at the top of the building, whereas the teaching facilities sit on the lower levels to accommodate circulation loads on lifts and stairs. New generation teaching spaces are placed around a student focused hub at the centre of the campus, encouraging social interaction between staff, students and researchers.