Completion of Biological Sciences Stage 1

Posted 9 June 2017

Stage 1 of the Biological Sciences Building (E26) is now complete. Staff have moved in and students are due to start using the new spaces in July 2017.

This beautiful new 21,000mbuilding has been designed to be flexible, supporting current research and teaching needs as well as providing infrastructure to support future technological advances.

It has capacity for more than 450 staff and PhD students and 200 undergraduate biomedical and biological sciences students.

Key features of the building include:

  • Biomedical undergraduate teaching facilities
  • Flexible research laboratory spaces
  • Specialised research equipment
  • Precinct loading dock, stores and utilities
  • Staff workspace.

Stage 2 of the project, which will see the complete refurbishment and modernisation of the existing Biological Sciences Building (D26), has now commenced. This will see the removal of the façade and internal walls of the old Biosciences building, which will be stripped back to its frame.

Contemporary shared research laboratories will be located on Levels 2-5. Undergraduate teaching laboratories will be located on the Ground Floor and Level 1, along with a combined schools office and a new café. The Michael Birt Gardens will also be remodelled and enhanced.

Stage 2 is due to be complete by early 2019.

This combined project marks a major milestone in the development of our Biomedical Research Precinct on the upper campus. Our vision is to enhance interdisciplinary teamwork by bringing together biologists, and environmental, earth and biomedical scientists, reinforcing synergies between the research groups, schools and faculties.

The Biomedical Research Precinct, which also encompasses the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the Wallace Wurth School of Medicine, represents an investment of over $500 million in UNSW’s medical research facilities and infrastructure, and aims to provide a world-class environment for the training of the next generation of top researchers and technically qualified graduates.