The capacity of Westmead’s Children’s Medical Research Institute to tackle some of the worst diseases has been almost doubled with a new extension officially opened. Brand new laboratories inside the new seven-storey tower extension will accommodate up to 120 extra scientists and researchers, with four new research groups formed at the Hawkesbury Road facility.
The new Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) expands the original facility (also by CGRAMW) to provide 7 levels of laboratories, an animal house, administrative and support areas which integrate the complex demands of contemporary research buildings. An atrium above the previous hub provides a new collaborative focus for the development, to facilitate informal and formal institute functions that include a staff recreation area.
An important consideration in the CMRI development is the desire to incorporate environmentally sustainable design (ESD) into the facility. From the earliest sketches careful attention has been given to the arrangement, performance and integration of services, spaces and built form, in order that the thermal, energy, and water demands will be able to be carefully controlled.