The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON's new medical facility wins design award

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The state-of-the-art Medical Sciences Building West at the University of Newcastle has been awarded at the Master Builders Awards, NSW.

Cockram Constructions were awarded the prize in the construction category at the 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday 8 November at the Star Event Centre.

Completed in November 2013, this facility was purpose-built to include wet and dry anatomy facilities, a 120 person teaching lab and preparation space, a specimen museum and group study areas.

This innovative four-storey building is a significant investment in the development of the region's future healthcare workers.

More than 3500 students use this facility from 14 medical science degrees including biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, radiation therapy and speech therapy.

This cutting-edge $17.8 million project received Australian Government funding of $7.06million, with the University investing $10.2 million in this world-class space.

Medical Sciences Building West is another quality infrastructure project at the University of Newcastle that highlights the commitment to innovative teaching and learning spaces.

The University of Newcastle is committed to the creation of works that lead to enhanced student experience said the Director of Infrastructure and Facilities Services, Mr Alan Tracey.

"The University of Newcastle is proud to have invested in an award-winning facility purpose-built to continue to build the University's strong performance and reputation in medical sciences research," Mr Tracey said.

This unique building contains purpose-built Anatomy teaching facilities and a purpose-built mortuary for cadaver storage and preparation.

The medical sciences precinct offers a unique opportunity to combine technology-enabled teaching facilities with laboratories for researchers, students and the region's health care workers.

The project was developed by the following teams: Cockram Construction, Scientific Interiors, EJE Architecture, AECOM and McCallum PFCA and was project managed by Blue Visions and the University of Newcastle.

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