Building move-in set to begin July 2
Medical research staff will begin moving into the new HMRI Building from early July onwards, following a decision by the HMRI Board to defer the previously announced relocation.
A five-week time extension will allow for enhanced commissioning and ensure that the working environment for researchers is optimal from day one.
Under previous scheduling, final fitout work would have continued in parallel with the office move, potentially affecting the lab spaces and some internal support systems including IT equipment.
HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson and University of NewcastleDeputy Vice-Chancellor(Research) Professor Mike Calford met with research teams to convey the decision.
“Our priority is to minimise the impact that the relocation will have on researchers, and in this case the Board felt that the majority of staff could function more effectively in their current offices and laboratories,” Professor Nilsson and Professor Calford said in a joint statement.
“We had been working towards vacating the David Maddison Building by June 12th, however Stronach Property has kindly supported an extension to the occupancy period. This allows the Building to be finished in a timely manner and to a higher standard.”
The timetable of relocations will continue to be coordinated by the University of Newcastle, with support and input from HMRI. The $90 million project remains on budget.
KEY PROJECT DATES:
May 2008 – Project Director appointed.
October 2009 – Plans go on public display.
March 2010 – NSW Government approves project.
August 2010 – Site preparation works commence.
February 2011 – Pouring of ground-floor concrete slab.
September 2011 – Fitout work starts.
July 2012 – Relocation begins.
HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.