Wilson Architects in association with John Wardle Architects have recently completed the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. The research undertaken at the QIMR Berghofer shall align closely with National and State research priorities and contribute significantly to the research capabilities within Australia and will build upon QIMR’s reputation as a world class research institute.
Target research areas include: - Tropical Health - Mental Health dry laboratory space - Australian Biosecurity Response Facility (ABRF)
The design philosophy for the new QIMR Berghofer building provides a focal centrepiece for the QIMR. The new building consolidates and broadens the potential for the QIMR to further advance its reputation as one of the largest medical research institutes in the southern hemisphere, and is recognised worldwide for the quality of its research. The new building becomes the single identifiable entrance building for the QIMR, linking the three QIMR buildings (Bancroft Centre, CBCRC and the QIMR Berghofer) to become a single identifiable entity.
The new building accommodates a further 400 research scientists, support staff and personnel, adding to the current allocation of over 700 personnel. In total the capacity of the QIMR shall be close to 1200 people dedicated to scientific and medical research across a broad scope of research programs.
The building design shall provide a high quality work environment and encourage and maximise interaction between all of the building occupants. The laboratory facilities shall be of a world class standard. They are flexible spaces with the infrastructure capabilities to adapt to new technologies and emerging trends in scientific research practice and cope with changes in legislation and standards.