Wallace Wurth: advancing biomedical research

UNSW is internationally recognised as a leader in the rapidly expanding field of biomedical research and teaching. The Wallace Wurth redevelopment project has been commissioned to improve the teaching, learning and research spaces for the Faculty of Medicine. This will support advances in research, knowledge and understanding vital to the field of medical science.

The new development will also house the Kirby Institute, in a purpose built 6,000 square metre facility. This will be the primary location for the Kirby Institute, housing all eleven current research programs, most of the laboratories, administrative offices and seminar space. 

Together with the new Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the Biological Sciences Building, the Wallace Wurth redevelopment will form a biomedical research precinct on UNSW’s upper campus. Students and researchers will benefit from the co-location and resulting synergies of sharing knowledge and resources.

The entire development has a budget of $146 million and will accommodate over 1250 students and 750 research personnel. Stage 1 of the project, the new east wing, was completed in May 2013. The next two stages, which include refurbishment of the existing buildings, is scheduled to be completed in April 2014.

Objectives
  • Support biomedical advances in knowledge vital to the practice of modern medicine
  • Design flexible teaching and research zones to:
    • accommodate equipment and services critical to research and teaching
    • manage the changing patterns of research in the future
    • Improve student study areas with audiovisual facilities and more small group spaces
    • Maximise the benefits of the advanced infrastructure by opening our doors to researchers from other institutions and better supporting visiting academics and students.
Key design features

The redevelopment will significantly improve the existing Wallace Wurth Building by:

  • Increasing the size of the building from 12,800 square metres to approximately 20,800 square metres
  • Improving teaching space including lecture theatres, flexible dry teaching spaces, group scenario teaching rooms, clinical skills and exercise physiology suites, anatomy and wet teaching laboratory spaces
  • Creating special purposes areas such as infrastructure support, animal facilities, morgue, administration and plant areas
  • Creating scientific microbiological research laboratories and associated office write up spaces.
Project progress

The final phase of the redevelopment of the Wallace Wurth Building was completed in April 2014. The first stage of the development, the construction of a new east wing housing research laboratories and state of the art undergraduate teaching space, was completed in May 2013.

Project contact

UNSW Senior Project Manager
Geoffrey Leeson, email: g.leeson@unsw.edu.au