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Grimshaw's Melbourne health institute officially opens

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has officially opened Grimshaw’s £135 million Doherty Institute in Melbourne

Designed in Grimshaw’s Melbourne office with Australian specialist laboratory architects, Billard Leece Partnership, the institute will specialise in the treatment of infectious diseases.

The building contains 14 floors of flexible research laboratories, meeting rooms and teaching spaces for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching - it houses more than 700 scientists, researchers, and staff.

Named after Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty the 26,000m² health institute is a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Architect’s view

Neil Stonell, partner, Grimshaw

The architecture for the Doherty Institute supports both the primary need to work in modern laboratories that are flexible for current and changing workplace patterns, but also, and as significantly, allows the users of the building to meet and mix across a number of spaces throughout the building - engendering true collaborative opportunity and thinking. The architecture provides an elegant and timeless response to the site and the projection of the Doherty Institute as a forward thinking organisation.

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