A new home for the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies is beginning to take shape on Hobart’s waterfront.
The new $45 million project is an initiative of the Australian Government as part of the Education Investment Fund. IMAS was created by the University of Tasmania in 2010 and is currently housed at the Sandy Bay campus.
The construction works are on program for completion by late 2013 with occupation of the building scheduled for the beginning of 2014.
The IMAS project is a three-storey building located at Sullivans Cove, abutting CSIRO’S Marine and Atmospheric Research laboratories.
The vision for IMAS is for it to be an internationally recognised institute capable of delivering excellence in both pure and applied research.
“The new building will co-locate much of Tasmania’s considerable strength in Marine and Antarctic studies in one precinct, offering opportunities for collaborative research of state, national and international significance,’’ the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Paddy Nixon, explained.
“As the historical and current departure point for Australia’s Antarctic research expeditions, the Hobart wharf district is the ideal location for this leading research facility.”
The new building will bring together under the one roof researchers and experts from UTAS, IMAS, CSIRO, the Australian Antarctic Division, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and the Integrated Marine Observing System.
John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture is the managing contractor for Stage 2 (construction) of the project.
For more information and regular construction updates visit IMAS building works at Property Services.
Authorised by the Vice-Chancellor
20 March, 2013