Biomedical Precinct Extension: Biological Sciences

At UNSW we strive to continuously improve our position as a leading research intensive university in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Biomedical Precinct Extension will help us achieve this goal, delivering world class facilities for UNSW researchers undertaking biomedical and environmental research.


Key design features

A new 16,900m² building will house UNSW’s biological and environmental sciences.

The space is designed to be flexible, supporting current research and teaching needs as well as providing infrastructure to support future technological advances.

The building is expected to have capacity for more than 400 staff and PhD students and 200 undergraduate biomedical students.

Key features of the building include:

  • Large loading dock, stores, workshop and utilities
  • Biomedical teaching facilities
  • Flexible research laboratory spaces
  • Specialised research equipment
  • Staff accommodation.

The old building will be completely refurbished. The redevelopment of the Biological Sciences building will complete our Biomedical Research Precinct on the upper campus, complementing the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the recently redeveloped Wallace Wurth Building.

  • Provide a contemporary, world class research and teaching environment as part of the Biomedical Precinct
  • Provide modern infrastructure for training the next generation of researchers and technically qualified graduates who will help maintain Australia’s connectivity and competitiveness in a rapidly advancing world
  • Create flexible and adaptable space for strategic recruitment, taking into account trends in technology, research infrastructure, and national and UNSW priority areas
  • Enhance effectiveness and interdisciplinary teamwork by efficiently connecting biologists, environmental, earth and biomedical scientists and reinforcing research synergies between the research groups, schools and faculties.
Project progress – May 2016
  • Construction of the new building is well advanced with the structure approximately half of its completed height.
  • Formwork strip-out has commenced on the lower levels and the installation of blockwork has also commenced.
  • The rough in of services will commence shortly
  • It is expected that the structure will be complete by late July 2016 and the tower crane will be dismantled in October 2016.
  • The fitout of all areas will be complete and the building handed over in May 2017. 
  • Undergraduate teaching in the new teaching laboratories on ground floor and level 1 will commence at the beginning of Session 2, 2017.

Stage 2 Project – Refurbishment of the existing building

Planning and design for the refurbishment of the existing D26 Biological Sciences Building  has commenced.  Subject to all necessary approvals, including Development and Funding Approvals being granted, construction will commence in about the third quarter of 2017.  It is expected that construction will be complete by early 2019.

Undergraduate teaching laboratories will be located on the ground floor and level 1, with  a café and combined Schools office.  Contemporary shared research laboratories will be located on levels 2-5 and an animal research facility will be located on level 6.

Funding and Timeframe

Funding has been approved for the full project, while the Department of Planning and Environment has also approved the Development Application. A construction contract with Brookfield Multiplex will now be signed, and the construction will proceed in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1: Construction of the new building will commence in September 2015.
  • Stage 2: Refurbishment of the existing building will commence in early 2017.

Completion of Stage 1 is expected by early 2017. Completion of Stage 2 is expected by 2018.


Project Contact

UNSW Senior Project Manager

Geoffrey Leeson, email