Laboratories / R&D

University of Canberra and OCHRE Health – Bruce GP Super Clinic

ACT – Australia

Cockram in conjunction with SKM-S2F, have been engaged to undertake the full design and construct of the Student Led Clinics and OCHRE Health GP Super Clinic.

The project is a joint venture between the University of Canberra (UC) and OCHRE Health and will be built with funding from the Australian Government’s GP Super Clinics Program through the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA), the clinical Training Funding Program through Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and UC.

The new building will provide four levels with a GFA of 1200m² and will deliver general practice and specialist medical services, medical support services and health service training facilities.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service


Fitout of an existing building for the purpose of blood processing, production, sampling and administration for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. The facility is the Victorian and Tasmanian Principal Site (VTPS) of the ARCBS. The scope included all fitout and services, including the provision of all new plant and equipment to approximately 16,500m2 with a Basement, Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor.  Consisting of Offices, staff breakout and meeting rooms, Reception, Laboratories, warehousing, Cool & Freezer rooms, Plant areas and landscaping.

University of Newcastle – Medical Sciences Building West (MSB)

NSW - Australia

The four storey facility at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus involved the construction of a new anatomy & cadaver storage building which adjoins the existing Medical Services Building (MSB) and includes teaching and laboratory facilities.

The scope of works included a pharmacy teaching laboratory and hearse receipt loading area for cadaver delivery lift and waste storage areas; teaching laboratories, preparation and cold rooms, entry foyer and amenities; main teaching area, wash down and storage areas, dissection room and cadaver storage; plant space, resource display area, separate offices and amenities, storage areas and additional cadaver storage. This level also incorporates the University of Newcastle’s Body Donation Programs. The project was completed using a GC21 contract with a design development component.

Charles Sturt University - National Wine and Grape Industry Centre

NSW - Australia

The NWGIC is located on the grounds of Charles Sturt University’s Wagga Wagga Campus.
Designed by DesignInc Architecture, the project works include the part refurbishment and additions of two existing buildings and the construction of a new three-storey laboratory building (including roof plant-room area) to provide for additional research laboratory space, functional staff and education areas and a larger cellar door facility for CSU wines and cheeses.
The Services within the facility include: Level 1 – Cellar, Lounge Room, Wine Store, Office, Wet Areas; Level 2 – Shell Structure Only; Level 3 – Radiation Room, Office, Calibration Room, 4x PC2 Lab Rooms, Wet Areas, Cool-Room, Freezer Room; Level 4 – Plant Room & Attic Level.

University of Ballarat Science and Engineering Precinct

Vic Australia

Construction of a new facility for undergraduate and post graduate courses and research in occupational health and safety, Environmental Management, Mining Engineering, Metallurgy, Geology, Civil Engineering and Structures, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Food Science and Technology as well as housing Administration and the Head of School.

Hunter Medical Research Institute - New Research Facility

Newcastle, NSW - Australia

Located within the Rankin Park campus adjacent to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, the 16,000 m² building consists of two five-storey wings (east & west) linked together by a two-storey elevated glass entry pod. The partnership development between Hunter Medical Research Institute, Hunter New England Health and The University of Newcastle represents a significant capital investment at the John Hunter Hospital Precinct and shall provide for 450 leading researchers under the one roof. The project consists of the following key features: PC2 laboratories, specific pathogen free zones, clinical trial support unit, animal holding areas (bio resource facility), outdoor semi enclosed recreation and barbeque area for the staff, workstations and generic open plan laboratories, lecture theatre and associated support staff offices and amenities. Construction of a three tiered open deck car-park for 250 vehicles is also part of the construction works to be undertaken.

Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland

Queensland - Australia

The Centre for Advanced Imaging is a highly advanced medical imaging facility which will include a cyclotron unit, used to generate radioactive isotopes for medical imaging equipment. The new structure is being built on the University of Queensland’s St Lucia Campus, and will also include several magnetic resonance imaging units, a full floor of PC2 laboratories, associated teaching and academic spaces and related facilities.
It is the only facility of its type in Australia, one of only a handful in the world and once completed will house a powerful MRI system that is more than twice as strong as any other MRI system currently available in the Southern Hemisphere.

The project includes the extensive refurbishment of the adjoining Gehrmann Building and also the chillers on the nearby Ritchie Building.

This highly advanced project requires specialist construction skills, given the very high operational standards required for cyclotrons and MRI installations. Cockram Construction’s prior experience with cyclotron and advanced medical imaging projects, plus our commitment to deliver a highly skilled project team, were instrumental in reinforcing our reputation as one of a small number of contractors capable of delivering a project of this nature.