Biosciences Institute

Biosciences Institute

The Biosciences Institute is a key element of the University's current major capital programme valued at c. €250m. The project brings together key researchers in the disciplines of biomedical and life sciences with track records in generating innovative high impact research in a purpose built facility.

The building provides 5,300m² of high quality research facilities including specialist laboratories, support facilities, offices, seminar room, restaurant, underground car park etc. The site chosen is in the western precinct of the main campus adjacent to the Food Science complex and the Bons Secours Hospital. This location is consistent with the overall Physical Development Plan which envisages the development of the Pharmacy School in close proximity and the Medical Faculty complex at Brookfield.

The project synthesises a variety of physical development aspirations with the requirement to create a flagship building reflecting the highest international standards of excellence.

The design team have exploited the sloping site to create the 5 story building over a part basement that creates an impressive bookend to this boundary of the campus. The residual space has created new pedestrian circulation route and external courtyard. The project acts as a new campus hub facilitating connections to emerging projects at the greyhound track and Brookfield.The project was completed within the available funding of €20m (including equipment). The HEA have contributed a total of €10.4m, €5.7m through PRTLI Cycle 1 and a further €4.7m through PRTLI Cycle 3. Significant private funding has been raised through the University's Foundation Office.

Project Team

Delivered by the UCC Capital Projects Team

Design Team

Murray O'Laoire (Architects)
VMRA (Mechanical & Electrical Engineers)
Malachy Walsh & Partners (Civil & Structural Engineers)
Bruce Shaw Partnership (Quantity Surveyors)


P.J. Hegarty & Sons Ltd. (Main Contractor) 
Kirby Electrical (Electrical Sub Contractor)
H.A. O'Neill (Mechanical Sub Contractor)
Classic Building Solutions (Glazing Sub Contractor)
Stone Developments (Stone Cladding)


The Biosciences Institute was completed in June 2002 and was formally opened in January 2003.


For further information please contact the Director of Buildings and Estates at 

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork