“I am incredibly proud of the result, as it really is a world class blood processing centre and we are already receiving interest from other international blood services providers wishing to learn from our expertise.”
James Bargh, Project Director, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Australian Red Cross Blood Services

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Buildcorp / Australian Red Cross Blood Services
Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW Headquarters, 17 O'Riordan St, Alexandria NSW
Full Architectural Services

13,500m² Building GFA

630m² Warehouse GFA


The Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW Headquarters and Laboratory is Australia’s largest blood processing centre with 60 percent of the facility used as processing laboratories.

The building is designed to provide a functional, flexible facility that staff enjoy working in. The laboratory, administrative and public spaces are opened up through the use of a large atrium facing the street with a delicately detailed curving timber staircase through its centre.

The inherent planning flexibility accommodates state of the art technology, current operational requirements and the evolving nature of the business over the next 20-30 years. The building is designed to be ‘disaster proof’ so it can operate under critical conditions when blood products are most required, including the ability to operate for a four-day period independent of external services in the event of disaster.

The building provides a controlled environment with a compact layout for efficient use of services and core layouts.


Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW Headquarters, 17 O'Riordan St, Alexandria NSW

Brief Elements

  • 97 Bay Basement Car Park
  • Offices
  • PC2 Labs
  • Warehouse


  • Efficiency in planning layout to ensure seamless processing of all services
  • High level of amenity for staff through maximisation of natural light, social atrium and green roof
  • Distinctive spiral staircase connects the separate floors, promoting informal interaction
  • Staff and visitors are afforded views into the inner workings of the laboratories
  • Highly complex ‘disaster-proof’ facility with 150,000 litres of drinking water, over 600,000 litres of water for firefighting, 10,000 litres of rainwater and a 120,000-litre sewage tank


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