Peter Doherty Institute

Client University of Melbourne
Location Parkville, Melbourne
Delivery Method Design Consultant
Architect Grimshaw Architects

Project Description

The Challenge:

A new state-of-the-art building for the Peter Doherty Institute (PDI) brings together six organisations under one roof within the Parkville precinct. The exciting complex allows Melbourne’s leading biomedical scientists and public health practitioners to share resources, equipment and knowledge into infection and immunology research. The facility will have capacity for conferences, regional meetings and information sessions to share findings.

Our Solution:

PDI design involved the planning and design for a complex multilevel laboratory integrating multiple clients and user groups. The design process included an exhaustive user group program to ensure the client’s specific needs were integrated within the design. There was a large education facility focus with a ground level auditorium and associated meeting and seminar rooms.   The research areas consist of PC2, and large PC3 & PC4 containment facilities, together with an AQIS, a clean room, a large scale animal house and an electron microscope suite.


The Results:

The facility achieved a 5 star Green star building rating utilizing the Green Star education tool and incorporates water sustainability and conservation initiatives, including a purpose designed rooftop passive greywater treatment system and rainwater collection and re-use systems for toilet flushing, low flow fixtures and fittings, flow control, cogeneration hot water preheat system for domestic hot water, and individual metering of all areas.


  • 5 star Green star building rating
  • Industry-leading water sustainability and conservation
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