The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
At the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) gala night for the NSW 2016 Achievement Awards in early September, Capital Insight won both the ‘Construction/Engineering Category’ Award and the overall ‘Project of the Year’ Award, for our project management of the Westmead Millennium Institute project!
The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy presented the ‘Project of the Year’ award and congratulated CI on its achievement.
AIPM stated that “the outcome was a comprehensive endorsement by a broad number of stakeholders for the planning and development of a world-class collaborative medical research facility. Management of the project involved a number of challenges including changes of governance during project delivery and integrating previously diverse research groups into a cohesive whole under a ‘one Institute’ banner”.
Prof Tony Cunningham AO, Executive Director of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research, was in attendance at the awards presentation and expressed the Institutes’ delight with the building and the project processes – “Capital Insight has been a very collaborative partner on our project journey and are worthy winners of these awards for their exemplary project management services”.
WIMR’s mission is to improve health through discovery, translation and education in its local and broader communities. It comprises five Divisions that cover eleven research Centres, each with a particular research focus that includes infectious and immune diseases, cancer and leukaemia, mental illness, and liver, kidney, eye, heart and respiratory disease.
WIMR is a $110 million 17,500m2 facility for collaborative research and multi-disciplinary teaching, bringing together previously dispersed research bodies that operated largely independently.
Implementation involved a number of challenges including a change in governance prior to construction, WIMR incorporating as a not-for-profit entity, and integrating previously diverse research groups into a cohesive whole under a “one Institute” banner.
The project had a budget surplus at completion and finished earlier than planned.