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Bid win for design firm

12/12/2007 - 22:00

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The Perth arm of international architecture firm Woods Bagot has been awarded the design contract for a $200 million biotechnology precinct at Murdoch University.

Bid win for design firm

The Perth arm of international architecture firm Woods Bagot has been awarded the design contract for a $200 million biotechnology precinct at Murdoch University.

The Murdoch facility is one of two new research centres that will be partly funded by the state government.

Woods Bagot has teamed with US based laboratory design specialists Research Facilities Design, which has worked on over 1,000 laboratory projects.

The Woods Bagot and RFD team has also been shortlisted for the design of the second government-backed research centre to be built on the Queen Elizabeth II medical centre site in Nedlands.

The new contract adds to a string of wins for Woods Bagot’s Perth studio in recent years.

It has also been commissioned to design The University of Western Australia’s Business School and Curtin University’s Resources and Chemistry Precinct.

Woods Bagot principal Andrew Lian said the $200 million Murdoch development, which will provide a new headquarters for the department of agriculture and food, was the firm’s largest project so far.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as designers for such a large scale innovative project, which is expected to become the benchmark for a roll-out of similar facilities in other states,” Mr Lian said. 

“What is more significant is the opportunity to work with world-renowned designers from California, who design benchmark labs around the world.”

Mr Lian said the new project would teach Woods Bagot employees how to design a research laboratory and gain specialist laboratory skills in bio containment.

The new Biosecurity and Agricultural Research Facility will cater for over 800 staff and be built alongside Murdoch University’s Veterinary and Agriculture Schools as part of a new ‘biohub’.

The project is expected to commence construction at the beginning of 2009, with completion scheduled for 2011.

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