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School of Veterinary Sciences Gatton campus. Queensland. Australia

Client
University of Queensland
Sector
Buildings
Services
Building Construction Engineering ExpertiseModular ManufacturingSupport Services
Duration
2009-2010

School of Veterinary Sciences Gatton campus. Queensland. Australia

School of Veterinary Sciences Gatton campus. Queensland. Australia

School of Veterinary Sciences Gatton campus. Queensland. Australia

Full project details

Laing O'Rourke constructed new purpose-built, high-quality facilities for the most comprehensive animal research and teaching centre in Australia. The world-class $80 million School of Veterinary Science for the University of Queensland (UQ) was built at the university's Gatton campus, 90 km west of Brisbane.

Laing O'Rourke constructed new purpose-built, high-quality facilities for the most comprehensive animal research and teaching centre in Australia. The world-class $80 million School of Veterinary Science for the University of Queensland (UQ) was built at the university's Gatton campus, 90 km west of Brisbane. 

Completing the project in 2010, Laing O’Rourke constructed four new buildings that included a veterinary hospital, teaching and research facilities, and a substation. The John Mahon 2 Building was also refurbished to provide pre-clinical teaching laboratories. Among the architectural and structural features of the buildings are an overhead-powered animal-handling monorail capable of handling 10 trolleys rated to 1.5 tonnes each, a Necroscopy Lifting Table rated to 1.5 tonnes, imported Mason dog kennels, a state-of-the-art dog run, a horse treadmill and cat condominiums. 

Environmentally sustainable measures were put in place for the facilities, including rainwater tanks, solar hot water systems and on-site waste recycling. Also, Laing O’Rourke constructed the new buildings in orientations that provide sun shading to external windows. Automatic lighting was installed to reduce electricity use where possible. Working in a live environment, the Laing O’Rourke team planned each step of construction around semester timetables. 

The team liaised closely with the university when undertaking significant upgrades to the campus electrical grid and hydraulic services, to ensure that disruptions to the existing facilities were minimised. Other key challenges for the team were in managing multiple work fronts and achieving the fixed completion date. This was essential so that the existing school could be transferred from its previous location at UQ’s St Lucia campus. 

The experience of the Laing O’Rourke Building North group in the education, laboratory and health sectors was instrumental in the delivery of this landmark project. The school has now been united on one campus and boasts cutting-edge facilities. It also benefits from being integrated with a number of related university faculties already at UQ Gatton.

Project facts

Purpose-built, high-quality facilities for the most comprehensive animal research and teaching centre in Australia

Numerous architectural and structural innovations and environmentally sustainable measures were used

Close liaison with the client was vital for minimising disruptions

Unites the school on one campus among related university faculties

This complex is the most modern in the southern hemisphere

Professor Jonathon HillDean of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland.

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