New $81 million biomedical facility for Monash University

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Multiplex, a leading global contractor, has been appointed to deliver the $81 million world-leading Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building for Monash University at its Clayton campus in Victoria.

Designed by high-profile architects Denton Corker Marshall, the new building spans four levels, plus a lower ground floor and roof plantroom, and will provide a total of 11,400 square metres of state-of-the-art learning space for Biomedical Science students.

“We are delighted to continue our ongoing collaboration with Monash University and play a pivotal role in its vision for higher education through delivering revolutionary learning spaces,” says Graham Cottam, regional managing director Multiplex Victoria.

An innovative pedagogical solution will be presented in four ‘flexi labs’ within the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building. Configured in an ‘L shape’, these laboratories will wrap around a central glazed satellite preparation area providing smaller-scale more intimate laboratory environments for 60 to 120 students. Alternatively, the four laboratories can be combined to provide a space for up to 240 students.


The innovative new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building also features a 1200 square metre informal learning hub that can accommodate 400 students, averaging 90 informal learning seats per floor.

Highly specified, some of these new laboratories will be built to Physical Containment Level 2 and the façade will be pressure tested to ensure it has a high level of air tightness.

A striking element of the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building’s design is a hanging steel staircase that will be suspended from a skylight truss and connect the various levels of the facility.

Construction of the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building is set to commence immediately. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2018.

Multiplex is currently constructing the new $206 million Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University encompassing a large underground carpark and regional transport interchange, with completion slated for February 2018.


The multi-storey 30,000 square metre facility is a cornerstone project at Monash University featuring a new front door experience for all visitors arriving at the University through a new transport interchange. Awning structures will provide pedestrians and bus patrons with generous shelter while complimenting the varying context of the Learning and Teaching Building façade screens and landscape features.

Multiplex also delivered Monash University’s $145 million student accommodation precinct in April 2016. The new precinct comprises four new residential buildings providing a combined total of more than 1000 studio apartments, with associated retail and student informal learning spaces.

The contractor has also been responsible for delivering some of the most high-profile and technically advanced education facilities in Victoria including the $200 million Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Swanston Academic Building in Melbourne’s CBD and the $100 million Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP) in Parkville.

Images courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall.

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