GHD Woodhead was engaged to design the new Pharmacy & Medical Science Building at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory. These new buildings will facilitate the recruitment and training of indigenous medical students to become doctors in the Northern Territory for the first time.
The unique combination of education together with health and laboratory learning facilities required strategic planning and design innovation from the GHD Woodhead team to achieve the 4200 sqm gross floor area multi-level building. The facilities for graduate entry pharmaceutical and medical students include teaching laboratories, classrooms, academic and administration facilities, smart AV and recording technologies.
The buildings present a definable Northern Territory and indigenous visual context. All dedicated spaces flow out onto landscaped courtyards providing access to both indoor and outdoor learning spaces. The design sought to ensure the buildings are energy-efficient in their design, construction and ongoing use. The buildings incorporate advanced technologies for teaching and curriculum delivery in this unique program, with a strong emphasis on information technology and video conferencing.