AgriBio official opening

Plenary Group marks AgriBio official opening

Published 10 April 2013

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - Plenary Group has joined building partners and the Premier of Victoria Dr Denis Napthine at the official opening of AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience, Melbourne’s newest agribioscience research complex.

The $288 million world class AgriBio facility located in Bundoora in Melbourne’s North, will help to support and protect Victoria’s AUD $9 billion agricultural sector by housing cutting-edge research to improve productivity fight disease and reduce environmental impact.

Speaking at the event together with Premier Napthine and the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh, Plenary Group Principal John O’Rourke said he was pleased to officially hand the facility over to the State. 

“AgriBio is a critical public asset to Victoria and I feel very fortunate to be able to officially hand it over to the Premier today; and through him, the immensely talented researchers and scientists from the facility’s Joint Venture partners, the Department of Primary Industries and La Trobe University,” Mr O’Rourke said. 

“The facility represents the innovative vision of the State and the Joint Venture partners to create a world class research facility, and our design and construction members led by Grocon and Lyons architecture have worked with the JV to bring their vision to life.”

AgriBio will accommodate up to 400 DPI and La Trobe staff, including scientists’ students, and business and science-support staff.  

Plenary Research - consisting of Plenary Group, Grocon and Honeywell Limited - designed, constructed, financed and will provide facility management services required for the operation of AgriBio over a 25-year period.