Architectus and S2F complete School of Veterinary Science for the University of Queensland
The Architectus project for the University of Queensland’s School of Veterinary Science required the consolidation of the University’s animal research groups from UQ’s main campus in the Brisbane, Australia suburb of St. Lucia to its rural Gatton campus, 90km to the west. The newly opened School of Veterinary Science now houses the most comprehensive facilities of its kind in Australia, complying fully with international accreditation standards and linking the university to local and regional communities.
The project comprises four new buildings and the reuse of an existing building; these include an Animal Hospital, Veterinary Teaching Laboratories, Clinical Studies Centre and Veterinary Sciences Building / Research Centre. Architectus’ design provides a fully integrated solution to the task of re-housing the university’s animal research groups on its rural Gatton campus, making a clear and efficient response to a complex set of brief demands. The design solution goes beyond the provision of functional space to augment the university’s agenda to support international best practice in teaching, research and practice within the field.
These aims have not only been achieved with sensitivity to the rural setting but also with future community building in mind. Architectus and Specialist Laboratory Architect S2F worked with the client to design facilities that would foster collaboration and innovation between staff, students, researchers and other stakeholders. In the Veterinary Science building new collaborative scenarios are achieved by creating appropriate spatial adjacencies between staff and their research teams. Flexible and transparent spaces allow easy interaction between staff and strong links to the rural landscape setting. The Veterinary School’s links to the local community and the equine industry of the region are critical to its future success, and the new Veterinary Medical Centre on the north front of the campus provides enhanced learning opportunities for students and greater avenues for applied research.