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Flinders University Health and Medical Research Building

Client : Flinders University
Builder : Hansen Yuncken
Architect : Architectus
Construction Value : $280 million

Unveiling the Potential of Medical Research

Hansen Yuncken is spearheading groundbreaking advancements in healthcare with the Flinders University Health and Medical Research Building (HMRB) in Adelaide. This architectural marvel, designed by Architectus, will be the focal point of Flinders Village, adjacent to the university’s medical facilities. Boasting cutting-edge amenities, the HMRB aims to revolutionise collaborative health research, exemplifying Hansen Yuncken’s dedication to excellence and sustainability.

Drawing from over 50 years of exemplary health and medical teaching, the HMRB offers a creative space for collaboration to enable researchers, practitioners and industry partners to work together more closely than ever before.

The HMRB will house over 600 researchers, clinicians and support staff. The 10-storey building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for collaborative research, aiming to make a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of people worldwide.

“Innovation has always been at the core of Hansen Yuncken’s projects,” said Senior Project Manager, Luke Crouch. “We are constantly seeking better, more efficient ways to deliver our projects, using tools like our award-winning management system HYway.”

Health and wellbeing are central to the new Health and Medical Research Building’s mission, reflected in its design and location. Its proximity to Flinders railway station is an incentive to use public transport and provides easy access to the Tonsley and CBD campuses. For those who prefer to travel under their own steam, dedicated end-of-trip facilities and a bike store make commuting or a lunchtime walk a breeze.

The HMRB has achieved a Platinum rating under WiredScore certification, making it the first medical research institute in the world to receive this rating.

The building is also on schedule to achieve Gold WELL and LEED certification for sustainability and wellbeing. Achieving these three certifications together will make the HMRB unique in Australia, and the world.

One of the major challenges of the Flinders University project was integrating the new building with the surrounding landscape and existing facilities.

The design, informed by a cultural narrative and guided by the Indigenous Art and Design Advisory Panel, features colours and elements that reference Rainbow Sands, the natural pigments of the Kaurna Yarta coastline, as well as significant Indigenous landmarks.

The landscaping will connect the University and Flinders Station to the HMRB, creating a new gateway entrance to Flinders and a walking environment that is streamlined, safe and engaging. Lifts at both ends of the building will allow people to move easily from the Village to University Drive, and green spaces will encourage time outside the building.

“The Flinders University Health and Medical Research Building is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence in construction,” said Luke. “We are proud to be part of a project that will have such a positive impact on healthcare and research in South Australia.”

For more information contact Hansen Yuncken, Level 1, 191 Fullarton Road, Dulwich SA 5065, phone 08 8229 7300,
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