Buildings 305 Refurbishment
Curtin University

Status: Completed
Duration: November 2010 to April 2012
Construction Value: $20M

Curtin University new Health Sciences hub

After the completion of Curtin University’s new Resources and Chemistry precinct, and the relocation of the Chemistry Department, an opportunity arose for the refurbishment and transformation of Building 305. This rejuvenation project provides an opportunity for the University to gain back some valuable teaching space while gathering together similar disciplines in a centralised location.

Main goals of the project

  • Convert and refurbish Building 305.
  • Create an integrated multi-purpose space primarily for the School of Health Sciences.
  • Perform an extensive fit-out including new research labs, offices and work areas.
  • Consolidate research facilities and link with new and existing walkways.

Increasing usable space

The basic shell of Building 305 will remain, with the interior being completely remodelled and refurbished. An additional floor will be added (this will become the new Plant room) and a new roof will be constructed. The gross area of the building after refurbishment and with the new Plant room and roof will be 6,500 square meters.

The fit-out

The new layout of Building 305 will be:

  • Ground level and level 1: Staff offices, meeting rooms, administration spaces, pharmacy consultation rooms, chemical storage areas, work stations, pharmacy professional practice spaces.
  • Level 2: Laboratories and supporting facilities.
  • Level 3: Plant room.
  • New Pharmacy simulation teaching areas.
  • Staff offices and common areas.
  • Research laboratories.
  • Ten main Physical Containment laboratories.
  • Four Tissue Culture laboratories.
  • A chemical lab.
  • Minor laboratories including Histology, Molecular Prep, PCR Prep, Cytotoxic Lab and an Isotope suite.
  • Ancillary facilities including freezer rooms, wash-up rooms, cold and hot rooms.

It’s important to note that the new fit-out, particularly that of Level 2, required careful planning and consultation to ensure that the facility achieves Physical Containment (PC2) and Quarantine Containment (QC2) Certification.


Curtin University is a busy campus and the Biomedical and Biomolecular Research precinct is home to hundreds of students and staff. One of the main complications we’ve experienced is limiting the impact of the refurbishment on staff and students. We’ve also had to be mindful of maintaining services to surrounding buildings during the project.
This project is currently under construction and is due to be completed in April 2012.

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