Pathwest New Laboratory

This important development brings together the PathWest functions for the Perth metropolitan region into a new building in the heart of the QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands. It is the first project to be undertaken in a major expansion of health and education facilities which includes both the Department of Health and the University of Western Australia.

The new PathWest Stage 1 Laboratories building is 8,000m², comprising six above ground levels, one basement level and roof level plantroom. The structure features PC2 containment level laboratories over most floors, a PC3 containment laboratory on the upper floor and a fully automated analysis track for rapid and accurate processing of samples.

Constructed within the tight confines of a highly busy hospital campus, the facility is built to accommodate extensive future expansion. It is a ‘designed for purpose’ concrete framed structure with lightweight façade cladding to minimise building costs and construction timeframes.

This important development brings together the PathWest functions for the Perth metropolitan region into a new building in the heart of the QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands and is the first project to be undertaken in a major expansion of health and education Facilities which includes both the Department of Health and the University of Western Australia.

The new PathWest Stage 1 Laboratories building is 8,000m² comprising six above ground levels, one basement level and roof level plantroom. It is a “designed for purpose” concrete framed structure with lightweight façade cladding over to minimise building cost and construction timeframe.

The facility is situated west of G Block within part of an existing courtyard located between M and A Block. The site is constrained and forms part of a greater redevelopment proposal for the campus, which will see this precinct earmarked for research and related uses.

Ultimately it is intended that the new PathWest Stage 1 building will be extended to the west creating a new discrete laboratory facility accommodating those facilities not accommodated within this stage. The existing buildings to the north and south will make way for new facilities expanding the campus facilities and enabling the creation of pleasant courtyards to the front the building.

Constructability of the building has been considered in detail particularly as access to the site is constrained by being centrally located within a highly busy hospital campus. The building has been designed to minimise heavy cranage requirements as much as possible. Whilst a concrete structural frame was proposed the façade elements cladding the building are lightweight, prefabricated and prefinished. This strategy enabled speedier construction and ease of expansion for the future second stage works. The structure along the western elevation was designed to permit a new structure to be easily “clipped-on”, further enhancing the ability to expand the building.

The building comprises PC2 containment level laboratories over most floors with a PC3 containment laboratory on the upper floor. Also included is a fully automated analysis track allowing urgent and routine samples to be processed rapidly and accurately.

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Type
Health

Project Number
0823

Client
WA Department of Health

Status
Completed 2013

Location
J Block, Hospital Avenue, QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands, WA 6009

Value
$69m

Key Personnel
Andrew Rogerson, Scott McConn, Libby Guj, Alister Swingler, Glenn Russell, Kaine Jenkins

Services Provided
Masterplanning, Schematic Design, Design Development, Contract Documentation, Contract Administration, Interior design

Referee
George Georgiu, PDC Project Management Tel: (08) 9481 6747 Email: georgeg@pdc.iinet.net.au Dr Neil Kent, Pathwest Tel: (08) 9346 2634 Email: neil.kent@health.wa.gov.au

Architects in Association
Billard Leece Partnership

Gross Floor Area
8,000 m²

Number of Levels
Basement, 6 Levels and Plant

Facilities Provided
PC1 and PC2 containment level laboratories, PC3 containment level laboratory, fully automated analysis track, administration and laboratory support facilities.

Construction / Materials
Insitu concrete framed with lightweight prefabricated and prefinished cladding, aluminium sunshading and louvres

Cost
$69 million

Cost/m2
$8,500/m²

Construction Period
34 months

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Map Address
Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA, 6009

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