Features of the new building
The building will accommodate over 1,455 undergraduate students in a combination of wet and dry teaching laboratory spaces, some 900 research staff and Higher Degree by Research students with supporting research infrastructure and equipment, a clinical research facility and a 'biobank'.
Learning and teaching spaces include:
- student commons: an open-plan space connected to the main café and building atrium
- an auditorium with 360 capacity
- large teaching laboratory with a capacity of 240 students
- specialist teaching laboratories, including a combination of computer-only, and computer and microscope facilities with flexible configurations and up to a 120 capacity
- a small-group teaching lab (12 people) and four seminar rooms, each holding 20 which can be configured flexibly.
Benefits of the new building
The new building has been specifically designed to support and foster multidisciplinary research.
The building will facilitate the integration of the teaching and research elements, providing a hub to encourage and support the interactions, collaborations and outcomes which reflect the culture and ethos of the centre.
The new building will provide the environment, service and infrastructure to free our researchers to spend their time on what they do best – research.
Supporting the work of the centre will be a set of infrastructure capabilities and advanced technologies including:
- bioinformatics, mathematics and modelling
- proteomics and metabolomics
- imaging: human, preclinical and live cell
- data storage and management
Clinical Research Facility (CRF)
The Clinical Research Facility is located on the ground floor of the new building.
The CRF will support a range of clinical and clinical research activities aligned to the mission of the Charles Perkins Centre.
- clinical trials, cohort studies and interventions
- a small number of clinics including obesity clinic, cardiology clinic, renal clinic, diabetes clinic, lipid metabolism clinic, exercise clinic, fit for your life clinic, chronic care clinic
- lifestyle clinics
- student placement and training.
The entry and reception area will be in the main atrium.
- metabolic kitchen and dining area
- two physical test facilities
- imaging including DEXA and Ultrasound for analysing body composition
- seven enclosed interview rooms
- six open informal interview spaces
- six bedrooms for clinical subjects staying overnight or for longer periods
- phlebotomy bay and blood separation facility
- internal connection to human imaging and staff spaces (level 2)
- provision for two whole body calorimeters
- nursing and administration spaces.