The new Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research facility is one of several major projects occurring at the QEII Medical Centre (QEIIMC) site in Nedlands.
Designed by architect Hames Sharley to achieve a 5 Star or equivalent Green Buildings Council of Australia (GBCA) rating, the 10 storey facility accommodates approximately 800 researchers and staff. The facility utilises international best practice to create a flexible and collaborative environment incorporating cutting-edge laboratories, laboratory support, offices and meeting rooms, a public auditorium and educational facilities within laboratories, as well as a public café in the foyer.
Arup played an integral part in the delivery of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research facility through the provision of structural, façade, fire and geotechnical engineering consultancy services for the design of the building. In particular, engineers experienced in structural vibration, given the nature of the laboratory equipment set to be housed in the building, including MRI scanning equipment and precision microscopes, which are sensitive to even slight movement - even staff members walking on above floors. Close 3D modelling collaboration with the project architect enabled a more efficient design and rapid schedule.
The landmark centre provides the ideal interactive environment for medical breakthroughs with the facility actively undertaking early phase clinical trials to determine the suitability of potential new drugs and treatments prior to market entry.
Opened in March 2014 by Australia’s Prime Minister, The Hon. Tony Abbott, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research facility is home to research bodies including The University of Western Australia, Lions Eye Institute, Heart Research Institute, Lung Institute of WA and Keogh Institute.
Following our successful involvement in the project on the QEIIMC site, Arup was appointed to provide structural, façade and fire engineering consultancy services for the design of a second Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research building on the Fiona Stanley Hospital Site in Murdoch. This facility will investigate the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases.