Laboratory Building Formally Opened

Plant & Food Research

The recently refurbished Hamilton Building for Plant and Food Research was formally (re)opened by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday 22nd November 2018. Following the formal ceremony, the Prime Minister was joined by the Minister for Science and Innovation Megan Woods for a tour of the new laboratories, where Plant and Food's latest discoveries were explained. The ministers were shown some of the results of government funding for new technologies. This was especially interesting to Minister Woods as she worked for Plant and Food Research from 2005 to 2008.

For the extensive refurbishment and renewal of the building, Lab-works Architecture and Bossley Architects established a joint venture partnership to revamp not only the internal laboratory, office, and circulation spaces, but also the external façade of the building.
With Lab-works concentrating on the laboratory spaces, the original facilities dating from the 1970s were stripped out and modern world class facilities were designed and created to provide physical containment PC2 and PC3 laboratories.

These open, flexible and function-based facilities allow the Bioprotection, Breeding and Genomics, Food Innovation, and Microscopy groups to undertake their research and development in a safe and secure environment that encourages collaboration.

"It's been a project that has taken some time to come to fruition", says Lab-works Director Jody Seabright. "But the hard work and dedication by everyone involved has been worth it when you see such wonderful facilities. These will allow Plant and Food scientists to enhance New Zealand's high value food production as they continue to do their world leading science."