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City's health precinct takes shape

The transformation of the West End into one of the world’s best health and biomedical precincts is well underway, with two more buildings rising into the CBD skyline alongside the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

The new RAH will form the centrepiece of the state’s $3.6 billion Adelaide BioMed City, set to become one of the largest health and life sciences clusters in the southern hemisphere.

The façade of the 12-storey University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building is quickly taking shape, while the top floor of the University of South Australia’s Health Innovation Building is due for completion in early 2017.

As the largest capital works project in the University of Adelaide’s 140-year history, the Health and Medical Sciences Building will support 500 medicine, nursing and dentistry students every year and host more than 400 health science researchers.

UniSA’s 15-storey facility will support a collaborative and holistic approach to health research, delivering a Centre for Cancer Biology, Science Creativity Education Studio and an Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

Both structures form part of a compact strip of buildings that will sit side by side on North Terrace, integrating research, education, clinical care and business development into one central hub.

Together the new RAH and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) have laid the foundations for the cluster, set to lead the nation in developing international best practice models of training, research and healthcare.

Connected by a tram line, the cluster, once complete, will host between 10,000 and 15,000 people involved in research, teaching and clinical care at any one time.

A $280 million ‘SAHMRI 2’ has been proposed to be constructed alongside the original SAHMRI building, which opened in late 2013 and is home to over 500 researchers.

SAHMRI 2 would house Australia’s first proton therapy unit – an $80 million machine to target otherwise inoperable cancerous tumours.

The new RAH serves as the flagship of Adelaide BioMed City which also brings together SAHMRI and South Australian universities.

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