Brookfield Multiplex Competes Charles Perkins Centre
Brookfield Multiplex has delivered a $385 million research and education hub at the University of Sydney’s Camperdown Campus. The hub will be the heart of the University’s Charles Perkins Centre, an initiative that aims to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions by translating the work of the University of Sydney into real-world solutions.
The new 46,700 square metre building was delivered three months ahead of schedule and in time for the 2014 academic year.
“This building is a major investment by the University and will boost its ability to carry out collaborative research and studies. In delivering the University’s vision, we are delighted to have created a space that will benefit staff and students both socially and academically, and have a positive knock-on effect for the entire community” said David Ghannoum, Regional Managing Director NSW.
The building will accommodate 950 researchers with a combination of wet and dry laboratory spaces, major equipment for research and a clinical research facility around a striking full height atrium. The building commenced teaching 1500 undergraduates across 84 course units in Semester 1, using wet and dry teaching spaces, including the popular X-Lab. The first group of researchers moved into the Hub on 17 May.
In close proximity to the Royal Prince Alfred health precinct, the hub will cater for world class clinical research and education, fostering collaborative research across disciplines to find innovative solutions to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.
Brookfield Multiplex overcame numerous challenges during construction including working within an active and operating University campus and ensuring minimal disruption to both staff and students.
The Charles Perkins Centre is named in honour of the late Charles Perkins, a University of Sydney graduate. In 1965 he was the first Aboriginal to graduate from a university in Australia, and he received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2000. Charles Perkins was a visionary man who showed that developing new approaches and challenging old ideas could change the way
Australians think and act. The Charles Perkins Centre shares his philosophy, and will scrutinise and challenge existing approaches to the treatment and management of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.