Public Architecture – University of Tasmania Medical Science 2 – Lyons

University of Tasmania Medical Science 2 – Lyons

Project summary

MS2 is a major research and education building in the University of Tasmania’s Medical Science Precinct, located diagonally opposite the Royal Hobart Hospital in the city of Hobart. It forms the second stage of the now complete precinct and joins together with MS1 to form a fully integrated urban satellite campus of UTAS. At the core of the MS2 building design is the creation of a new teaching, learning and research culture that is reinforced in the building’s image and its social and functional planning. The project provides a range of new generation teaching spaces, which have been developed around a student-focused campus hub as the centrepiece of the campus. The upper levels of the building comprise teaching staff accommodation and dry clinical research areas, with the uppermost level of the building being dedicated entirely to large, open-plan PC2 laboratories with specialist support spaces. The MS2 building envelope has been designed to provide high levels of internal amenity to the occupants of the building, as well as a distinctive presence for UTAS within the urban setting of the Brooker Highway, the ‘railway roundabout’ and Bathurst Street.


John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture  – builder
John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture  – project manager
John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture  – construction manager


Bonacci Group  – structural/civil consultant
Umow Lai  – electrical consultant/mechanical consultant/hydraulic consultant
Rush Wright  – landscape consultant
SJB Interiors  – interior designer
Watson Moss Growcott  – acoustic consultant
Aquenta Consulting  – cost consultant
Umow Lai  – fire services/vertical transportation
John Gollings and Dianna Snape  – photographers
pitt&sherry  – building surveyor