Western Edge Biosciences Stage 1 (WEBS)University of MelbourneVictoria, Australia

The WEBS project is a specialist laboratory and teaching space to service the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences along with other university groups.

The project consists of the following elements as suitable for a 140 pax cohort:

  • Dry Labs and Workshops
  • Wet Labs & Support
  • Informal & Collaborative Learning Spaces
  • Dissection Laboratory & Support
  • Student Support Spaces
  • Loading Dock & Stores
  • Infrastructure & Plant.

Key issues within the project that NDY addressed were the requirement to achieve laboratory accreditation by January 2019, the replacement of an existing authority substation and its impact on the construction sequence timing, odour control from the dissection laboratory, lifts and loading dock, and design for connections to potential future UoM building works. Several of the surrounding buildings are impacted by the new building works, requiring refurbishment of some, temporary decanting of others and diversion of services (or provision of temporary plant) to facilitate business continuity.

An overarching understanding of the university’s master plans was essential in relation to their vision for egress pathways, ESD blueprints and future works facilitation.

Our understanding of the importance of Laboratory Standards & Regulations compliance for the project, and our ability to involve Brad George’s as a DAWR (previously AQIS/DAFF) accredited assessor ensure that the overall design is subject to ongoing compliance assessment, ensure that solutions are optimised for the application avoiding over design.

Other Project Information:

Architect: Hassell

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