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 buildings 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 are 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.