Biomedical Precinct Extension: Biological Sciences

At UNSW we strive to continuously improve our position as a leading research intensive university in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Biomedical Precinct Extension will help us achieve this goal, delivering world class facilities for UNSW researchers undertaking biomedical and environmental research. 


Key design features

A new 21,000m² building will house UNSW’s biological and environmental sciences. The space is designed to be flexible, supporting current research and teaching needs as well as providing infrastructure to support future technological advances.

The building will have capacity for more than 450 staff and PhD students and 200 undergraduate biomedical 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.

The second stage of the project, to commence once construction of the new building is complete, will be the complete refurbishment and modernisation of the existing Bio Science Building. The combined project will complete our Biomedical Research Precinct on the upper campus, complementing the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the recently redeveloped Wallace Wurth Building.

  • Provide a contemporary, world class research and teaching environment as part of the Biomedical Precinct
  • Provide modern infrastructure for training the next generation of researchers and technically qualified graduates who will help maintain Australia’s connectivity and competitiveness in a rapidly advancing world
  • Create flexible and adaptable space for strategic recruitment, taking into account trends in technology, research infrastructure, and national and UNSW priority areas
  • Enhance effectiveness and interdisciplinary teamwork by efficiently connecting biologists, environmental, earth and biomedical scientists and reinforcing research synergies between the research groups, schools and faculties.
Project progress – April 2017
  • Construction of the new building is virtually complete and occupation of the building will be undertaken progressively from early April to mid May 2017.
  • Minor refurbishment of the lower ground floor of the adjacent Bio Science building link wing will be undertaken between May and September 2017
  • Undergraduate teaching in the new teaching laboratories on ground floor and level 1 will commence at the beginning of Session 2, 2017.
Stage 2 Project – Refurbishment of the existing building

Planning and design for the refurbishment of the existing D26 Biological Sciences Building is well advanced.  The Development Application was  approved by the Department of Planning and Environment in April 2017.

Enabling works, including the erection of site hoardings and services diversions, is expected to commence in late May. The main construction activities, including demolition, will commence in about the third quarter of 2017.  It is expected that construction will be complete by early 2019.

Undergraduate teaching laboratories will be located on the ground floor and level 1, along with a café and combined schools office.  Contemporary shared research laboratories will be located on levels 2-5 and an animal research facility will be located on level 6.


Project Contact

UNSW Senior Project Manager

Geoffrey Leeson, email