Construction has officially begun today on the biggest capital works project in the University of Adelaide's history – the new $206 million Medical and Nursing School building in Adelaide's West End.
The occasion has been marked by the turning of the first sod at an event involving the Hon. Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, representing the Federal Government, the Hon. Kate Ellis, Member for Adelaide, and staff and students of the University of Adelaide.
The new Medical and Nursing School building will house teaching and learning facilities for students and staff adjacent to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
When completed, the 13-storey building will also make the University of Adelaide the largest research presence in the State's Health and Biomedical Precinct at the West End.
"This state-of-the-art building will house some 1500 medical and nursing students and will take our research strength in Adelaide's West End to over 1100 people," said the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington.
"The new Medical and Nursing School building will be a place of quality medical and nursing training, higher learning and discovery, and it will result in new generations of brilliant health sciences professionals," Professor Bebbington said.
Professor Bebbington thanked the Federal Government for its generous support of $60 million towards the new building, and the South Australian Government for the land on which the building is being constructed.
"We are pleased that the Federal and State governments share our vision for an integrated health sciences precinct at the West End, bringing together patients, clinicians, teachers, students and researchers in a single location, for the benefit of the community," Professor Bebbington said.
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