Precinct development

In November 2017, the University of Melbourne announced a partnership with a consortium led by Lendlease to develop a new innovation precinct on the former site of the Royal Women’s Hospital, located at the corner of Swanston and Grattan streets in Carlton.

Early works on site commenced on November 21, 2017 with hoardings installed around the perimeter of the building site. Planning approval was received on April 6, 2018, and construction is expected to start in mid-2018 for completion in 2020.

The University of Melbourne is committed to keeping the community informed on the development of the project. You will find regular updates on this page. For more information and enquiries, please contact [email protected].

Notice of upcoming works

Updated: June 2018

We would like to provide you with the following construction update associated with works at the former Royal Women’s Hospital site.

We will continue our demolition works including slab and structural demolition which may incur additional noise, vibration and dust to surrounding stakeholders. We are taking extensive measures to reduce the noise and vibration as much as possible and anticipate the works to be over in the coming weeks.

Citipower will be placing a temporary power kiosk along Swanston Street, with civil works and activation to be conducted from 18th June to 20th June. During these times, Citipower will provide localised traffic management and divert pedestrians around the footpath closure as required (see attached plan below for pedestrian diversions).

Subcontractor site sheds have relocated to the ground floor of the Old Royal Women’s Hospital carpark in Cardigan Street.

To enable the installation of temporary crossovers along Grattan St (near Swanston St) and Cardigan St (near Grattan St) between 13th June and 16th June, there will be a footpath closure between Swanston St and Cardigan St and a partial closure of Cardigan St footpath near Grattan St. (see attached plan below for pedestrian diversions).

Pending a City of Melbourne permit there may be the installation of a temporary crossover along Cardigan St (near Grattan St) in mid-June (see attached plan below for pedestrian diversions).

We apologise in advance for any disruption or inconvenience these works may cause.

For more information and enquiries, please contact [email protected] or call the Community Enquiry Line on 1300 472 175.

If you would like to be kept informed of upcoming works, please email [email protected] to be added to the Construction Notification mailing list.

Click here to read the latest notification letter.

The innovation precinct is also part of the University’s vision for our campuses and how they connect our student and partner communities. Through Our Campus in the 21st Century, the University is transforming our campuses through the themes of technology and tradition, synergy and innovation, quality experiences, spaces and places, and a culture of inclusion. You can find out more about this as well as other University infrastructure projects and initiatives on the Our Campus in the 21st Century website.