Funding and construction of dedicated research facility
The Hunter Medical Research Institute was founded as a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District, and the Hunter Community.
Originally it worked as a ‘virtual’ Institute, with no real home of its own. By 2007 it had grown to a point where it required a specialised building to significantly improve the scientists’ research results.
The HMRI recognised the need for a strategic approach to help to secure funding from the government and other sources, and appointed APP as the project director and project manager.
Our role was to guide the Institute through the many phases of constructing a dedicated research facility.
Our first task was to revisit a draft business case that had been commissioned by the Institute. This resulted in the identification (and ultimately acquisition) of an alternate site that more effectively met the institute’s current and future needs.
We then tested the business case through the NSW Government’s Gateway Review process – which provides the commercial rigour required by state and federal funding agencies.
Once funding was secured, our project team drafted a comprehensive functional design brief, which formed the basis of the design.
Thanks to APP’s experience with government funding requirements the project went through the Gateway process unhindered and received the necessary funding.
Construction started in April 2010 and was completed in 2012. The facility won the 2013 Public Architecture Award at the Newcastle Architecture Awards hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects.