Construction begins for Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building

An artist's impression of the new Monash Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building

Construction for the new Monash Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building is officially underway, with much of the old Pharmacology building being demolished last week (image below).

The new building will be a hub for undergraduate students studying the biomedical sciences, bringing practical and informal learning spaces together into a single location. This building is a major investment by Monash University of more than $100 million into providing the best possible facilities for students and staff.

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Project Lead (Academic) Professor Phil Bird said he is both proud and excited to see the project underway.

“There have been many years of planning with a great team of academics, professional staff, architects and many others to get to this point,” Professor Bird said.

Professor Janet Macaulay, Director of Education for Biomedical Sciences, said: “The learning and teaching building will provide five floors of new flexible and innovative learning spaces where we can focus on our research-led teaching activities.”

Demolition of pharmacologyDirector of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Professor John Carroll, said it was fantastic that one of the country’s most energetic biomedical research environments would soon have world-leading learning spaces to train the next generation of biomedical scientists.

“Putting laboratory practicals at the heart of student learning is a very deliberate strategy as it directly builds understanding of how new biomedical knowledge is gained and the impact it can have,” Professor Carroll said.

The new building is on track to begin receiving students from 2019.