Melbourne Connect

The University of Melbourne, in partnership with a consortium led by Lendlease, is developing Melbourne Connect, set to be Australias leading innovation precinct. Melbourne Connect will co-locate leading researchers, start-ups, SMEs, government and industry in a collaborative eco-system where digitally enabled and data-driven research will drive value and growth, unlock innovation and address major societal and economic challenges. 

It will be the home to thought leaders, emerging talent and innovators. We aim to co-create new and valuable technologies, products and services that benefit partners across all business sectors, and improve the life of our communities.  

Melbourne Connect is located on the former Royal Womens Hospital in Carlton site, at the gateway to the University of Melbourne and within a short walk to Melbournes CBD.  Designed by Woods Bagot (responsible for the precinct architecture) and Hayball (responsible for student accommodation designs), the precinct features circa 35,000 square metres of A-Grade office space for the Melbourne School of Engineering, co-working and commercial tenants, a FabLab, Science Gallery Melbourne, retail and a 3,000 square metre superfloor shared meeting and events space, which will be activated by a dedicated events and engagement team. 

The precinct will also be home to 527 post graduates and visiting academic residents living in purpose built Urbanest Student Accommodation. Its design is based on a series of connected buildings around the site perimeter, focused around a central Oculus - an innovative outdoor living and working space. A publicly-accessible ground plane with interconnecting laneways provides boutique retail, formal and informal spaces for learning, events and leisure.


Name of Project – Melbourne Connect

Site address - Carlton Victoria Australia

Client - Lend Lease

Start date – October 2019

Project value - $425,000,000



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