South Australian Health and Medical Research InstituteAdelaide, Australia

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) has been built alongside the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. As a key strategic link in strengthening the links between research and clinical care, this new $200 million facility is home to many top global medical researchers.

The new facility provides:

  • 25,000 square metres of gross floor area capable of housing over 600 researchers
  • Entirely flexible floor space
  • PC2 laboratory standard
  • Nine research modules consisting of one-third dry and two-thirds wet laboratory spaces
  • A vivarium and dedicated space for advanced technology facilities, including a cyclotron
  • Seamless integration with the NRAH precinct
  • Open public space areas
  • Cafes and retail stores.

Norman Disney & Young (NDY) was the professional services contractor (services engineer) contracted to the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. SA Health is the project sponsor representing SAHMRI.

NDY’s expertise included the provision of engineering design, documentation and a construction review. NDY also acted as chair of the ESD workgroup and was a member of the Integrated management team under a collaborative C21 contract.

Early site work commenced in February 2010 and the project was completed late 2013.

In 2014, SAHMRI was is the first project in South Australia and the first laboratory building in Australia to achieve LEED Gold certification.

LEED (or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), is a green building certification program that recognises best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED certification is recognised across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

By taking a systematic and whole-of-life approach to building related environmental impacts and human benefits, SAHMRI joins a select group of buildings worldwide to achieve LEED Gold certification.

In 2014,  Hindmarsh Construction won the coveted “National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award for projects over $100 million” at the Masters Builders National Awards for Excellence.

Up against the world’s leading health, research, clinical, environmental and forensic laboratories, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) facility in Adelaide, Australia, took out top honours at the 2015 Laboratory of the Year Awards. Submitted by architects Woods Bagot, this is the latest in a string of local and international awards and commendations for the innovate SAHMRI project.

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