Phillips Smith Conwell

GH1 Medical & Oral Health – Griffith University


Thiess Contractors




Gold Coast, Queensland



The Griffith University Centre for Medicine and Oral Health was a fast track project that created a medical school at the newly created Health and Knowledge precinct in Southport on the Gold Coast.

Designed and delivered over a period of less than 18 months, the project required a focussed team approach from client, contractor, consultant team and trades to develop a concept that would allow planning to continue while the basic structure and form were being resolved and documented.

The seven storey centre sits adjacent to the hospital and caters for 700 students. The collocation of medical and oral health required a facility that could cater to the unique requirements of each faculty. Oral Health needed public dental clinic facilities as well as dental technical laboratories, while Medical required anatomy, research and simulated ward facilities. Together, both faculties share a library and student learning centre for group and individual study and collaboration, as well as training rooms to support the learning environment.

It was important for Griffith University to have a strong presence within the newly created Health and Knowledge precinct, therefore branding elements were used for the exterior of the building, with red lighting and signage that has created an easily identifiable brand and marker within the precinct.