Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building

The Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences (AHMS) building is the largest capital works project in the University’s history and signified a new era in Australian medical education.


The AHMS houses the University’s medical, nursing, public health and dental researchers, undergraduates and clinicians, as well as the Adelaide Dental Hospital. It brings together more than 1,600 students and 600 health researchers in a vibrant and innovative environment, where learning and discovery work hand in hand.

The building has been designed to transform the way students learn and prepare future health care leaders for professional practice. State-of-the-art advanced simulation suites mirror the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and enable immersive, skill-based learning.

Project overview

  • Location: SA Health & Biomedical Precinct
  • Size: 39,949 m2
  • Cost: $246 million
  • Architect: Lyons


  • Four floors of modern research laboratories for multidisciplinary research groups
  • Three lecture theatres
  • 24 advanced simulation suites
  • Adelaide Dental Hospital
  • Skills-based learning environments and experiential teaching spaces
  • Large open-plan office spaces
  • Unique study areas, collaboration zones and edge-scapes

Completed: February 2017


South Australia Engineering Excellence Award 2018
Buildings and Structures (AECOM and Aurecon)

Australian Institute of Project Management Awards 2018
Construction / Engineering (University of Adelaide and Mott MacDonald)

Master Builders Awards 2018
Excellence in Commercial / Industrial Building over $100m Landmark Project (Lendlease)
Excellence in Services (Hindmarsh Plumbing)
Excellence in Cladding and External Finishes (SA Construct)

National Electrical and Communication Awards 2018
Energy Efficiency and Environment South Australia Award (Azzo)

Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand Awards 2018
Commendation for Lighting Design (Sarah Linton for the AHMS Facade)

South Australian State Architecture Awards 2018
Gavin Walkley Award for Urban Design
Award of Merit for Educational Architecture