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    University of Adelaide Medical and Nursing building to complement the needs of tomorrow’s health sciences education

    Nathan Johnson

    Designed by Lyons Architects and to be developed by Lend Lease Corporation, the new Medical and Nursing school planned for the University of Adelaide will be situated in the SA Health and Biomedical Precinct in the university’s West-End.

    The $125m project is to feature a diversity of spaces including collaborative group study areas, experiential teaching spaces, skills-based learning laboratories within technology-rich environments and student social spaces to encourage a ‘peer to peer’ learning culture.

    A statement from the University explains the building design was inspired by its own North Terrace Campus and will incorporate similar features such as terracing, courtyards, cloisters, connecting stairs, unique social spaces, materials and textures.

     “The state-of-the-art facility in the West End will mark a new era for our teaching and research in health sciences and it will firmly reinforce our reputation as one of Australia's most respected universities for medicine and nursing fields” says the University of Adelaide Vice-President Paul Duldig.

    According to the university, the plans carefully consider the streetscape of the West-End precinct and the wider city of Adelaide incorporating a façade that was designed to reflect the well-known West-End railway lines.

    Reinforcing a sense of openness and accessibility for students, staff and visitors, the ground floor is designed to act as a welcoming ‘urban connection space’, and will enjoy views to the River Torrens and beyond to the Adelaide Oval.

    The University also highlighted the environmentally sustainable design elements as features of the new building. Fully automated natural ventilation to key public spaces, a high performance double glazed facade, low pollutant materials as well as water saving and energy saving infrastructure are all included in the environmentally friendly design.

     
     
     
     
     
     

    Building is set to commence this month and is believed to be finished by 2016.

    For more information see the University of Adelaide’s website.

    Images: University of Adelaide

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