South Metropolitan Area Health Service
Murdoch, Western Australia
PC2 laboratories; Office and support facilities

The Pathology Building at Fiona Stanley Hospital provides pathology services for both the hospital campus and the south metropolitan area of Perth. This three level stand-alone building comprises PC2 capable laboratories, support areas and offices to accommodate the principal pathology disciplines.

The building utilises a standardised grid module with a laboratory fit-out common to all departments where functionally possible. This enables future flexibility as equipment and testing technologies evolve over the building’s lifecycle. This was a particular requirement of the client in the core biochemistry and haematology laboratory whereby a progression toward automated systems that require flexible space will be required.

To facilitate future changes, a wider than standard grid module and flexible fit-out has been adopted to integrate removable benches, cabinetry and laboratory services. The standardisation of the grid has enabled shared facilities to be incorporated for the laboratory, that includes a shared consumables store, cool room, bin store, wash up room that is linked via a goods lift to basement stores. The initiatives developed during the design process led to an efficient and flexible building configuration that provides a state-of-the-art facility for the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.