Hunter Medical Research Institute Building development


The Hunter Medical Research Institute building was opened in 2012 as a partnership development between Hunter Medical Research Institute, Hunter New England Health and The University of Newcastle. The $90 million development represented a significant capital investment at the John Hunter Hospital Precinct in Newcastle, NSW and provides state-of-the-art research facilities for 450 researchers.

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Client objectives

In building this facility, our client wanted to realise its long-held vision to build a world-class research centre in the region. The facility supports the continued growth of HMRI, which is already the third largest medical research institute in NSW, and assists Hunter researchers to continue to deliver research of international significance.

The building was jointly funded by the Federal and State governments. It plays a vital role in attracting and retaining the best researchers and clinicians to work in the Hunter, and ensures contemporary and innovative health care options are available to the people of the Hunter and across the world.


We advised the Hunter Medical Research Institute on the development and were involved in the project from its inception. Our team advised on the Commonwealth and State funding agreements and grants. We also advised on the gateway review process and prepared tender and contract documents for the appointment of the head contractor, civil works contractor and a range of consultants.

Our role extended to advising on operational issues, such as the facilities management agreement, a head lease with Hunter Health and land subdivision. This advice was provided in the context of various stakeholders' interests.


"In the past two years, we have seen [this] project grow from an idea to a plan on paper, to the foundations of a building and now, finally, into the new Hunter Medical Research Institute building.

But it isn't just about this fine state-of-the-art facility; it's about what will go on inside and, more importantly, what will come out of it for the Hunter region, for Australia and for the world.

The number of HMRI researchers has doubled in the past four years with 400 researchers to be based in the new building. As well as delivering many health benefits to the Hunter region, this project will inject an estimated $180 million into the local economy."

- Tanya Plibersek, MP, Federal Minister for Health

Newcastle Herald HMRI feature, 2012