Drug Discovery Biology Unit


Parkville, Victoria


2009 – 2009


Principal Consultant
Contract Administration
Interior Design
Workplace Strategy and Design
Design team management



With a proven track record in delivering high-quality projects for Monash University, we were commissioned to prepare an accommodation brief and design and document a new Drug Discovery Biology Unit within an existing building on Monash’s Parkville campus. The laboratory facilities accommodate a range of PC2 labs, including high and low energy radioisotope labs, tissue culture labs and specialist rooms including PCR, yeast, bacterial, primary cell culture, cell signalling and freezer rooms. Our scope also incorporated design and delivery of meeting rooms, offices, undergraduate study rooms together with amenities and staff kitchen.

Working in a live building environment

The brief required the fitout of a nominated space within level 3 of the Manning Building, a leased premises built specifically to accommodate research laboratory facilities. While the building was already equipped with a services shaft with spare capacity for fume cupboards, the air quantities of the main plant were insufficient to support the PC2 lab environmental conditions required. We collaborated with our specialist engineers to introduce supplementary air conditioning and external vents to achieve the appropriately controlled temperatures. Working within a live building also required careful consideration, coordination and planned communication with occupants to avoid interruptions to ongoing operations.

Collaboration and expertise

Our team worked closely with Professor Patrick Sexton and his colleagues to understand the specialised functional requirements, environmental conditions and equipment needed, and applied our in depth expertise in laboratory design to optimise the brief.

Supporting critical research outcomes

The outcome provided a generously sized, fit-for-purpose unit which has allowed the University to offer specialised facilities and services to their research community.