There was no rest for the HMRI Building builders over the Christmas/New Year holidays and the casual observer can really see the $90 million structure beginning to take shape.
Scaffolding surrounding the central pod has been removed, revealing the façade in all its architectural glory.
Inside, meanwhile, there has been rapid progress on the plasterboard front, with levels 1 and 2 the most advanced. Vinyl flooring is also being laid in some laboratory areas.
HMRI Facility Manager Graham Gunner says air conditioning, electrical, gas, hydraulic and fire systems are progressing well.
The building is on track for an April 2012 completion.