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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Connect

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. 

Project at a glance

Melbourne Connect

Melbourne, Australia

Completion Date

Delivery Aspects
Design, construct and maintain the site for 42 years
Estimated Value
Circa $360 million 

Project vision

The University of Melbourne, in partnership with a consortium led by Lendlease, is developing Melbourne Connect, set to be Australia's leading innovation precinct.

It will be the home to thought leaders, emerging talent, and innovators. The project aims 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 Women's Hospital in Carlton site, at the gateway to the University of Melbourne and within a short walk to Melbourne's CBD. 

Designed by Woods Bagot (responsible for the precinct architecture) and Hayball (responsible for post-graduate 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, the Telstra Creator Space, 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 526 post graduates and visiting academic residents living in purpose built University Student Accommodation. Its design is based on a series of connected buildings around the site perimeter, focused around a Womin-Djerring (Coming Together) - 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.

Upon completion it will provide:

  • Circa 18,000m2 commercial accommodation for the university.
  • Circa 10,900m2 commercial accommodation for external tenants.
  • A 3,260m2 “superfloor” shared collaborative space.
  • The 3,800m2 Science Gallery Melbourne.
  • A 1,200sqm Telstra Creator Space
  • A 1,300m2 fabrication laboratory.
  • 700m2 of ground plane retail spaces.
  • 526-bed student accommodation.
  • Targeting a 90-child capacity childcare.
  • Shared podium and basement.
  • Loading dock, end-of-trip and back-of-house facilities in the basement.

Project highlights

Innovation precinct
Project design blends outdoor living with workspace
Central location

Located at the University of Melbourne and within a short walk to Melbourne's CBD.