THE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH PRECINCT ON NORTH TERRACE, integrating health knowledge from hospitals, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the three Adelaide universities, has become the main beacon for research in Adelaide.
The $3 billion worth of buildings in the precinct are dominated by the $2.3 billion new Royal Adelaide Hospital, expected to open to patients in 2016.
The hospital is beside the $200 million South Australian Health and Medical research Institute (SAHMRI) building, which opened in 2013. Known as “The Cheese Grater” for its stunning contemporary design, the Woods Bagot-designed building is home to more than 500 researchers.
Next in line is the $231 million University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building. It will support medicine, nursing and dentistry students and about 400 health sciences researchers. The 12-storey Lyons Architects-designed building is the largest capital works project in the university’s 140-year history.
The University of South Australia’s $230m 15-storey Health Innovation Building, due to open in 2018, will back a collaborative and holistic approach to health research. The Centre for Cancer Biology was set up within SA Pathology in 2008 as a hub for innovative science. Currently hosting more than 20 group leaders and their teams, the CCB is an internationally recognised cancer research centre where research teams actively form alliances with pharmaceutical companies to foster knowledge and advance new treatments.
A $280 million SAHMRI2, to be known as the John Chalmers building, will be built alongside the SAHMRI building to house Australia’s first proton therapy unit – an $80 million machine to target otherwise inoperable cancerous tumours. Flinders University has committed $60 million to have a cancer research hub in the building while the state government has budgeted $44 million.