Griffith University, Glycomics Building

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Client: Paynter Dixon

Architect: Wilson Architects

Services Provided: Structural & Civil Engineering

This $25m 3 storey building provides a focus on multidisciplinary glycoscience research and includes a basement animal holding facility accessible at the rear of the building with loading dock facilities.

Requiring strict Quarantine and sterilisation requirements, this 5 level building forms an extension to the existing G24 Science 1 & G25 Glycomics 2 buildings (also done by Meinhardt) which now seamlessly integrates the three buildings to form a significant glycoscience research precinct.

This facility was on a steep sloping site as well as being built up against an existing building. The new building basement level was lower than the existing building meaning careful detailing & construction was required. We detailed a cantilever bored pile retaining wall as close as possible to the existing building to both avoid interrupting the operations of the existing building as well as allowing excavation to be carried out in one stage.