Hunter Medical Research Institute

  • Hunter Medical Research Institute

    Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project details: 

APP helps the Hunter Medical Institute to design and build a New Research Facility

The Hunter Medical Research Institute was founded more than 12 years ago as a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District, and the Hunter Community. However, the Institute has been working as a ‘virtual’ institute with no real home of its own.

By 2007, the Institute had grown to a point where it required a specialised building to significantly improve their scientists’ research results and set about obtaining the funding for this important project.

APP won the tender in 2008 to become the Project Director and Project Manager with the role to guide the Institute through the many phases of achieving this dream.

“APP was the ideal fit for this project,” says David Rann, APP Project Director “Our experience with Government funding requirements meant that the project went through the Gateway process unhindered and eventually received the funding it required.”

APP’s first task was to revisit the earlier draft Business Case that the Institute had commissioned.  This was then tested by the NSW Government’s Gateway Review process, thus enabling the Institute to claim that their Business Case was robust enough to stand interrogation by various funding agencies.  

APP’s project team set about drafting a comprehensive Functional Design Brief which subsequently formed the basis of the design, and construction started in April 2010.  With completion imminent, researchers have now begun moving from their various premises into the state of the art laboratories to fulfil the Institute’s objective of nurturing full research potential under the one roof.

The facility won the 2013 Public Architecture Award at the Newcastle Architecture Awards hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects.


Project summary: 

  • Client:  Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Value:  $90m
  • Services:  Project Director and Project Manager
  • Sectors:  Health & Medical Research
  • Location:  Newcastle, NSW