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Grimshaw starts work on £135m Melbourne healthcare centre

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Construction has started on Grimshaw’s new £135 million Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne

Desgined in collaboration with Australia’s Billard Leece, the scheme in the city’s Parkville district will be the Southern Hemisphere’s first healthcare facility specialising in the treatment of infectious diseases.

The 10-storey, 25,000m² building will house 700 specialist staff and includes research, reference and diagnostic facilities.

The Parkville precinct is home to other healthcare, research and education institutions in Victoria, including the recently completed New Children’s Hospital, also designed by Billard Leece with Bates Smart and HKS, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Ludwig Institute for cancer research.

Alex Matovic, associate director of Grimshaw’s Melbourne office, commented ‘The facilities open on to an internal street which runs parallel to the footpath outside, so lectures that take place in the building can have a public presence.’

The scheme is expected to completed in 2014.

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