The $3 billion biomedical precinct under construction in the CBD’s west will position Adelaide and the State as a global leader in health and medical research, care, education and commercialisation.
The precinct includes the iconic new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building ($279million), the new Royal Adelaide Hospital ($2.1billion) scheduled for completion in 2017, and two new University buildings worth a combined $220 million.
On completion, the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct will be the largest health and biomedical precinct in the Southern Hemisphere, employing thousands of staff.
It is expected that the new 800-bed Royal Adelaide Hospital will receive more than 80,000 admissions a year and employ more than 6,000 staff. The building itself is specifically designed to create a healing environment for patients, a positive working environment for staff, and to have minimal environmental impact. It will remain a major teaching hospital.
The SAHMRI building, opened in November 2013, is a centre of scientific research for 600 researchers, including teams from the CSIRO and the state’s three universities. The facility delivers a world-class research facility designed specifically to foster innovation and improvements in health services. The striking building wrapped in a glass façade is already a prominent part of the North Terrace streetscape.
The new university buildings being constructed on site include a new University of Adelaide medical and nursing school supporting more than 1,550 students and a University of South Australia Centre for Cancer Biology hosting 250 researchers investigating blood-related cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma.
The new Health and Biomedical Precinct will maintain a strong relationship with the Technology Precinct in neighbouring Thebarton. This precinct is home to BioInnovation SA and features Australia’s first dedicated bioscience incubator, launched in 2008 to accelerate the commercialisation of research and development in South Australia.
Responding to the strong demand for space within the precinct, a second SAHMRI facility is now proposed to be built next door, with Australia’s first Proton Therapy Machine earmarked within a specially constructed basement. This has already generated huge interest globally, with CSIRO committed to locating its flagship Food and Nutrition Centre in the building. A very limited number of opportunities are available to complementary private sector companies to occupy other parts of this facility.