Advanced life sciences facility gets approval in Queensland

by Sophie Berrill
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New life sciences building

A development application for a life sciences building at 37-41 Butterfield Street, Herston has been approved by Brisbane City Council, achieving a significant milestone for the ‘Brisbane Advanced Research Centre’ project from Silverstone Developments. 

The greenlit building will accommodate approximately 11,700 square metres of purpose-built life sciences, research, medical technology, and education accommodation in Queensland’s largest health precinct, Herston. 

Silverstone managing director Troy Daffy says the “landmark project” will expand on the world-class facilities at the adjacent Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

“A priority of Silverstone’s strategy is to increase the availability of high-quality laboratory  and biomanufacturing space in strategic locations for life sciences and biotech companies,” says Troy.  

Inside the Brisbane Advanced Research Centre

“The Brisbane Advanced Research Centre will have a standard 2884 metres-squared floor plate in this instance (approximately 31,000 square feet). The seven-storey building will feature four levels of laboratory space plus a multi-level auditorium above and complementary retail on ground. The facility includes specialist design requirements such as additional plant and services infrastructure, fire systems, industrial loading capacity, hospital-sized lifts and large floor-to-floor heights,” says Troy.

The centre will also include state-of-the-art end of trip facilities, a wellness room, ground floor café, and 118 car parking bays to enhance the tenant and staff experience.

An integrated precinct

“Brisbane Advanced Research Centre is in a prime location with direct access to the  Herston Health Precinct, a key drawcard for organisations looking to leverage off one of  the largest integrated precincts in Australia. Tenants will have an opportunity to realise  huge synergies with the RBWH, Queensland’s largest tertiary referral, research and  teaching hospital with 955 beds.”

Herston Health Precinct is a leader in health, innovation, education, research, training and clinical care and is a collaborative community home to more than 30 health facilities, medical research institutes, universities, and organisations. The Precinct is also home to 13,000 clinical and non-clinical staff, scientists, researchers and students.

Public transport is available in the immediate area, with the RBWH Bus station 300 metres away and the new Cross River Rail Exhibition station to be operational ahead of the proposed facility. Neighbouring the site is Silverstone’s recently completed 354-bay  commercial car park.

The design includes base building engineering solutions that consider the sensitivity and stability requirements of these life science spaces, such as infrastructure to reduce vibration and smart controls for laboratory isolation. 

Silverstone will now look to continue working with key stakeholders with a view to  commencing construction. 

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