Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney

The Charles Perkins Centre is the University of Sydney’s centre for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

This $200 million project will be one of Australia’s premier laboratory and research facilities investigating and discovering new treatments for cardiovascular disease, and providing education on this area to students at the University.

The centre accommodates 950 researchers and 1455 undergraduates, providing a combination of wet and dry laboratory spaces, new imaging and flow cytometry facilities, including live cell imaging, clinical research facilities and a ‘biobank’.

Robert Bird Group added significant value to the project, including the following innovations:

  • A functional design life of 100 years
  • Some of the strictest vibration criteria applied to any building of its type in Australia
  • A fully hydrostatic basement deep in to the water table, which eliminated some 200 piles
  • Construction cost savings in excess of £10 million from the original tender by others

Project Value:     
$200 Million
Year Completed:
Building Metrics:

  • Basement – Circa 16,500m2
  • Level 1 Podium – Circa 9,600m2
  • Levels 2 to Roof – Circa 26,000m2

Environmental Performance:
4 – Star Greenstar
Brookfiled Multiplex Constructions
D&C Contractor

Executive Architect:

Building Studio

Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering – Concept, Design, Tender Documentation, Construction Documentation, Site Phase Services
Civil Engineering – Concept Design, Tender Documentation, Construction Documentation, Site Phase Services.

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Robert Bird Group provide outstanding innovative and buildable structural design solutions in all sectors across the globe.


Robert Bird Group’s Civil Engineers provide engineering design services from concept and planning through detailed design on to construction and maintenance, with the potential for ongoing management and advice for the operating life of a project.


The twenty-first century has seen a revolution both in the knowledge we have access to, and the way we share it. As a result, educational buildings need to be more adaptive, more flexible,


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