Construction has begun on the $231 million University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, with completion due in early 2017.

The largest capital works project in the university’s 140-year history, it will support Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry students and about 400 health sciences researchers.

Meanwhile, work has also started on the University of South Australia’s $230m Health Innovation Building, which is scheduled to open in 2018.

The health and research facility will support a collaborative and holistic approach to health research.

Further along Adelaide’s North Terrace, the $2.3 billion new Royal Adelaide Hospital is nearing completion, with the first patients expected to be treated there before the end of the year.

BioMed City is already home to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), an iconic building and institution that’s attracting the world’s best and brightest medical researchers.

Still to come are Flinders University’s John Chalmers Centre for Transforming Healthcare (dubbed SAHMRI 2) which will would house 500 researchers over 12 levels and the new $600 million Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The Adelaide Convention Centre sits adjacent BioMed City, the largest in the Southern hemisphere, and has formed a strong alliance with the precinct to support conference organisers.

Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said the development of BioMed City is proving a key drawcard in attracting more health and medical conferences to Adelaide.

“The Centre is working with conference organisers to help delegates to connect with local thought leaders, innovative industry and research bodies, and academics, to conduct site tours, share ideas and gain access to key speakers,” said Mr Gilbert.

“The development of BioMed City is running alongside the Centre’s own $400 million expansion which is due for completion next year.”


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