Named after the widely recognised asbestosis and social justice campaigner, the Bernie Banton Centre is the world’s first stand alone research laboratory dedicated to asbestos related disease. Located on the Concord Repatriation General Hospital Campus with associated educational and administrative functions the new facility consists of 6 wet laboratories and 2 dry laboratories. The new wet laboratories are required to be at Physical Containment Level 2 (PC-2) with one at PC-3. A landscaped setting provides the backdrop for a neutrally coloured grey and white panelled building, with highlights of lime green and terracotta screen walls to create a building of stepped form that responds to the scale of the existing surrounding buildings and street context as well as clearly defining the building’s functions and public address. Sun shading has been designed to both control direct sunlight in laboratory areas and to provide a civic presence on the east elevation. A large rainwater tank and irrigation system has been installed to service the surrounding landscape.
Major Services - Master Plan, Feasibility, Architecture and Interior Design Completion - 2009 Value - $12m