"Bringing everything together under the one roof means our scientists will be able to quickly take their research from the labs to the bedside"
Anna Bligh, Premier QLD

Translational Research Institute

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Details

Wilson Architects and Donovan Hill in association
Client
Translational Research Institute
Location
Translational Research Institute, Kent Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia
Completion
February 2008 - December 2012
Value
$354,000,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services & Full Interior Design Services
Size

39,500m² GFA

Description

Aligning four key medical research facilities to quickly translate research findings from bench to bedside.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI), located in the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus in Brisbane’s south, brings together four of Australia’s key research facilities with the aim of improving patient outcomes for a range of diseases. The TRI is the first of its kind in the country, with the ability to discover, produce, clinically test and manufacture new biopharmaceuticals and treatments in the one facility.

The building hosts over 650 researchers and clinicians to enable quick translation of research findings to the clinic – a community of research.

TRI is conceived as a series of interconnected ‘places and spaces’ located around the significant gathering space of the facility: an urban scaled outdoor room. The seven storey building provides a range of spaces to encourage interaction between clinicians and researchers, including four levels of laboratory, administration and teaching facilities plus a range of indoor and outdoor gathering, collaborative and event spaces.

The ‘outdoor room’ is the centerpiece of the project, and acts as a town square which addresses large and intimate outdoor spaces , meeting rooms, cafes and the main auditorium. This space incorporates existing trees and offers north facing comfort.

A bespoke environmental benchmark has been developed to respond to the facility’s unique specifications

This project was designed by Wilson Architects and Donovan Hill in association. Donovan Hill merged with BVN in 2013.

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Location

Translational Research Institute, Kent Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia

Awards

2013
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Infinite Value Awards
Luminaire Design: Commendation (IES Lighting Design Awards Qld Chapter)
Lighting Design Award of Excellence (IES Lighting Design Awards Qld Chapter)
TDA Best Northern Region Award for Excellence
IDA Best of State Commercial Award
IDA Public Design High Commendation
AIA Brisbane Interior Architecture Commendation
AIA Brisbane John Dalton Award for Building of the Year
AIA Brisbane Public Architecture Commendation
AIA Brisbane Sustainable Architecture Commendation
AIA QLD FDG Stanley Award for Best Public Building
AIA QLD GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture
AIA QLD Sustainable Architecture Commendation
AIA National Award for Public Architecture
AIA National Award for Interior Architecture
2014
Lighting Design: Award of Excellence

Brief Elements

  • Directorate
  • Generic Research Office & Write up
  • Dry Research Offices
  • PC2 Generic Research Labs
  • PC3 Generic Research Labs
  • PC2 Cell Culture
  • PC3 Biological Facilities (Animal Holding)
  • Animal House
  • Fish and Algae breeding tanks (Aquarium)
  • Teaching and Learning spaces
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility
  • Clinical Trial Facility
  • Data centre
  • 250 seat auditorium

Summary

  • Memorable landscaped courtyard or ‘outdoor room’ characterises and facilitates the entire facility and links the institution to the network of hospital campus-wide communal spaces
  • Transforms the usually clinical and featureless laboratory into a human place that encourages collaboration in the pursuit of medical innovation
  • Innovative use of facades to provide a social and environmentally sustainable workplace

Consultants

Davis Langdon
Cost Planner
Aurecon
Structural, Façade, Electrical
Opus
Civil
Hawkins Jenkins Ross
Mechanical
MultiTech Solutions
Mechanical
Hydraulic Engineer
Hydraulic
Watpac
Contractor
AECOM
Environmental
Exova Warrington Fire
Fire
Cundall
Vertical Transportation
ASK Consulting Engineers
Acoustic, Vibration, EMI, Wind
Certis
Building Certifier
S2M Science to Medical
Lab fume hoods manufacturer
Getinge
Autoclaves
Merck Millipore
Water purification system
BIO Technique
Dagard Clean Room Panelling
The University of Queensland, Property and Facilities Division
Project Manager

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