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Australian Red Cross Blood Services Processing Centre, West Melbourne, Case Studies - Britex Metal Products

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Australian Red Cross Blood Services Processing Centre, West Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Blood Services Processing Centre, West

Builder: Hooker Cockram Pty Ltd

Architect: DesignInc Pty Ltd

Est. Project Value: $90 million

Date of completion: January 2012

Britex Project Manager: Mr. Tony Clynes

Britex Project Role 

Britex was engaged by the building contractor to manufacture and install specially fabricated stainless steel fixtures for the project. This process included generating shop drawings, consultation in fixture design, manufacturing each fixture, project managing and coordinating the production of fixtures with the primary contractor and installing the fixtures on site.

Stainless steel works and fixtures for the project included:

  • Specially designed laboratory work surfaces (benches and sinks) that incorporated a raised 'TapDeck' that allowed tapware to sit elevated above the working surface. This raised tap landing that was pressed into the stainless steel surface - thus providing a seamless height transition – ensures greater infection control which is paramount in this area of the facility.
  • Highly durable, insulated mobile dry ice bins used to store and transport dry ice within the facility
  • Scrub troughs – radius internal corners, fully welded and seamless construction for maximum infection control.
  • Stainless steel cleaner's sink with large 46L tub, hinged stainless steel bucket grate and adjustable high impact nylon feet.
  • Stainless steel soap dispenser, semi recessed waste receptacle and paper towel dispenser
About the Development

The $90M Melbourne Processing Centre provides the Victorian and Tasmanian chapter of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service with a new state of the art headquarters. The facility is housed within the shell of an existing 1920’s warehouse, originally constructed as a Morris Minor assembly factory in West Melbourne. The existing brick warehouse building with varying building heights from one to four stories, required significant work to bring it up to current standards, with the additional overlay of an Importance Level 4 rating as required by the business to operate in the event of an emergency. There is 17,500m2 of accommodation comprised of blood processing and distribution areas, blood testing, with the support of research laboratories, warehousing, office/administration and staff amenities.

Source: DesignInc Website 09/12