29 November 2012 — The $130 million refurbished Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research was officially opened last week.

The Institute is one of Australia’s largest and foremost medical research institutes specialising in immunology, virus and blood diseases, and juvenile diabetes.

The revamp included a new wing and revamping the existing building, an increase of floor space from 5775 square meters to 31,283 square meters raising staff numbers from 580 to 1000.

The new wing houses seven levels of laboratories and scientific support services, a Clinical Translation Centre, an insectary, animal holding components, and advanced cell and tissue imaging and flow cytometry centres.

Main contractor was Baulderstone with architects Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F working in partnership to design the new building, renovate the old and ensure world-class laboratories were part of the construction.

The project manager was Aurecon and façade contractor was G James.

Arup provided the services of structural engineers, façade engineers, civil engineers and acoustic consultants.