Institute for Marine & Antarctic Sciences

Institute for Marine & Antarctic Sciences

Project Data


University of Tasmania


John Wardle


22 months


$40.33 million


Oct 2013

Situated on the Hobart waterfront at Sullivans Cove, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) accommodates marine and Antarctic researchers and will become a powerful global research precinct.

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The 5-star Green Star building comprises office accommodation, teaching and research PC2 and QC2 laboratories, student and faculty facilities and general amenities.

Delivered by the Fairbrother-John Holland Joint Venture, the new ‘shed’ acknowledges the character of the adjacent historical wharf buildings, but departs from tradition in three distinct ways:

IMAS incorporates a wide range of ESD principles aligned with both the institute’s research interests, conservation values, and UTAS facilities management requirements. Conservation of the Southern Ocean and the study of climate change drove the incorporation of sustainability initiatives, with the building’s layout, orientation, façade treatment, material selection and building services resulting in a 5-star Green Star design rating.

During the design and construction phases, the project team implemented a range of industry-leading practices, leading to reduced incident rates and a robust safety culture. A focus on high-risk activities such as working at height, resulted in the complete elimination of live working edges thereby reducing the reliance on harnesses as a primary means of fall protection.

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