Our precinct

A vibrant central place

The University of Melbourne is transforming the former Royal Women’s Hospital site into an open, light-filled series of spaces that are well connected to each other. The University is working with the City of Melbourne, the State Government of Victoria and private sector partners to ensure the vision for the site can be realised.

The precinct will be built to the highest standards of excellence in both design and sustainability with a village atmosphere enlivened day and night by:

  • People working on-site: from students and startups to big businesses and research teams
  • People living on-site: high quality accommodation for graduate students and visiting academics
  • An open door approach to events including hackathons, floortalks, festivals, exhibitions, workshops and ThoughtLABs that bring new audiences of people into the precinct to discover and network
  • Retail opportunities: shops and cafes that expand and complement the surrounding small businesses and attract new customers
  • Spaces the local community can access and enjoy: from school groups to business professionals

Dedicated spaces: The precinct will be purpose-built for collaboration with communal and shared access areas that will support interaction between people. Other spaces will suit businesses and organisations with larger space needs and private work stations.

Co-location: The precinct will include world-class collaboration spaces for The University’s Melbourne School of Engineering as well as spaces designed for startups, research teams and multinational corporations.

Maker space: The precinct will include a fabrication laboratory that can be accessed by precinct partners and students. The community will also be invited to explore and access these facilities.

Public policy: Nestled alongside many of Australia’s most significant research centres, NGOs and community organisations Carlton Connect will evolve strategically and remain well placed to support the University in its global outreach.

Accessible: The precinct is positioned close to excellent public transport options, in a world-renowned food and beverage precinct, and surrounded by the University of Melbourne’s centres of excellence.