Box Hill, Melbourne
With plans on moving to a new facility Planet Innovation, a health-tech innovation and commercialisation company, engaged Amicus to participate in Stage 1 works to update their facilities and design a range of different laboratories.
Planet Innovation helps early-stage ventures grow into significant and sustainable businesses, as an extension, ‘Planet Innovation Labs’ is an incubator and support program for their own internal ventures and for select external partner companies. The laboratories needed to attract innovative startups and be thoughtfully designed to improve functionality and productivity.
While Amicus typically focuses on Design and Construction (D&C), through both our Architectural and Engineering partners, Amicus was invited to tender for the Stage 1 construction works of Planet Innovation’s laboratories. Given Amicus’s niche expertise of both office and laboratory integration and collaboration, we were able to provide both cost-effective and functional design changes to ensure the build met the budget.
The Stage 1 works included an electrical workshop, EMC Chamber, multiple PC2 lab environments and cleanrooms. Given the nature of the works within the labs, copper coils were used beneath the floor substrate to ensure adequate earthing. The layout of the benches was determined by the various ever-changing project requirements at that time. As such the services had to be flexible, allowing the benches to be moveable and configurable. The result was ceiling-mounted services, which provide a clear floor space when their use is not required. The ‘project build space’ which is effectively a scientific manufacturing plant is their ‘creative showcase space’, for suppliers and clients.
The successful project was delivered through a combined effort of both Amicus’ experienced local Melbourne delivery team and the Sydney team.
Throughout the construction, a strong relationship formed between Amicus and Planet Innovation. Due to the project’s success, Planet Innovation further engaged Amicus to complete the next two stages, valuing our keychain approach that packages D&C, Workplace Strategy and Technology.
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